WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pen•chant /ˈpɛntʃənt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a strong desire, interest, taste, or liking for something:a penchant for fast cars.
(pen′chənt; Fr. pän shän′),USA pronunciation n.
- a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something:a penchant for outdoor sports.
- Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, derivative of Latin pendēre to hang
- French, noun, nominal use of present participle of pencher to incline, lean
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penchant /ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ/ n
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended
- a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste
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