noun pen·chant \ˈpen-chənt, especially British ˈpäⁿ-ˌshäⁿ\

: a strong liking for something or a strong tendency to behave in a certain way

Full Definition of PENCHANT

:  a strong and continued inclination; broadly :  liking

Examples of PENCHANT

  1. Aside from the Catholic penchant for fish on Fridays, there is also the tradition of eating red beans and rice on Monday … —Tom Piazza, Why New Orleans Matters, 2005

Origin of PENCHANT

French, from present participle of pencher to incline, from Vulgar Latin *pendicare, from Latin pendere to weigh
First Known Use: 1672

Synonym Discussion of PENCHANT

leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable <a student with artistic leanings>. propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination <a propensity to offer advice>. proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil <a proclivity for violence>. penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object <a penchant for taking risks>.

Rhymes with PENCHANT


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