WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pen•chant /ˈpɛntʃənt/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a strong desire, interest, taste, or liking for something:a penchant for fast cars.
See -pend-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pen•chant  (penchənt; Fr.n shän),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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
  • 1665–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

penchant /ˈpɒŋʃɒŋ/ n
  1. a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from pencher to incline, from Latin pendēre to be suspended



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