[pen-chuhnt; French pahn-shahn]
a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something: a penchant for outdoor sports.

1665–75; < French, noun use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean < Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang Unabridged
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penchant (ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ)
a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste
[C17: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended]

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Word Origin & History

1672, from Fr. penchant, properly the prp. of O.Fr. pencher "to incline," from V.L. *pendicare, a frequentative formed from L. pendere "to hang" (see pendant).
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Idioms & Phrases


see have a penchant for.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Interdisciplinary programs with an increasing penchant for making humanities
  more 'applicable' might favor someone like you.
Her penchant for low-tech solo travel hearkens to an earlier era of exploration.
Human cooperation may have evolved out of a penchant for frequent warfare.
Even as a girl, Ursula had a penchant for tidiness.
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