penchant

[ pen-chuhnt; French pahn-shahn ]
/ ˈpɛn tʃənt; French pɑ̃ˈʃɑ̃ /

noun

a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something:a penchant for outdoor sports.

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Origin of penchant

1665–75; <French, noun use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean <Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang
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British Dictionary definitions for penchant

penchant
/ (ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ) /

noun

a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste

Word Origin for penchant

C17: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended
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Idioms and Phrases with penchant

penchant

see have a penchant for.

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