Penchant definition

pĕnchənt
A definite liking; a strong inclination.
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He has a penchant for fine wine.

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A strong liking or fondness; inclination; taste.
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The definition of a penchant is a preference or desire for something or for doing things a certain way.

An example of penchant is what a person has when they love reading history books.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
penchant
Plural:
penchants

Origin of penchant

  • French from present participle of pencher to incline from Old French from Vulgar Latin pendicāre from Latin pendēre to hang (s)pen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French penchant, present participle of pencher (“to tilt, to lean"), from Middle French, from Old French pengier (“to tilt, be out of line"), from Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, a derivative of Latin pendere (“to hang, to lean").

    From Wiktionary