noun, plural peccadilloes, peccadillos.
a very minor or slight sin or offense; a trifling fault.

1585–95; < Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado sin < Latin peccātum transgression, noun use of neuter of past participle of peccāre to err, offend

lapse, slip, faux pas, indiscretion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To peccadilloes
World English Dictionary
peccadillo (ˌpɛkəˈdɪləʊ)
n , pl -loes, -los
a petty sin or trifling fault
[C16: from Spanish pecadillo, from pecado sin, from Latin peccātum, from peccāre to transgress]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"slight sin," 1591, from Sp. pecadillo, dim. of pecado "a sin," from L. peccatum "a sin, fault, error," from neut. pp. of peccare "to make a mistake, sin," of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
People sugarcoat all the warts and peccadilloes in honoring the dead.
Much more than you ever wanted to know about the peccadilloes of pols, celebs and others in the limelight.
His telling observations range from their personal peccadilloes to the fault lines in their characters.
Related Searches
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature