penchant


pen·chant

noun \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. <a penchant for sitting by the window and staring moodily off into space>
  2. 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

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