Definition of penchant in English:


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usually in singular
  • A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.

    ‘he has a penchant for adopting stray dogs’
    • ‘History in Edinburgh has a peculiar penchant for throwing together people, politics and passion.’
    • ‘That is a perennial weakness of princes - a penchant for false-hearted favourites.’
    • ‘Both women had a penchant for people with titles, even spurious ones.’
    • ‘You may have guessed that I have a penchant for love poems, well I suppose I'm just an old romantic at heart.’
    • ‘Bet you didn't know I was a whizz knitter with a special penchant for fancy multi-coloured designs.’
    • ‘The pictures show a country with a truly biased curriculum and a penchant for martyrdom.’
    • ‘His penchant for tall, rakish women and strong, musclebound men is alive and well and still living in New York.’
    • ‘The most important of these tendencies are a deep passion for equality itself and a penchant for independent action.’
    • ‘This year's federal election campaign still suggests a penchant for refusing to confront reality.’
    • ‘As well as a love of vegetables he has a penchant for historical documentaries.’
    • ‘We thought he was a great big fat squeaky-voiced cricketer with a tiresome penchant for laddish behaviour.’
    • ‘Are you a 13-16 year old girl with a penchant for acting and a future as bright as the sun itself?’
    • ‘Anyone with a penchant for numbers can have a go at guessing the number of coffee beans in a huge jar on the day to receive a prize.’
    • ‘Just ask its programming boss, an energetic philosophy graduate with a penchant for John Stuart Mill.’
    • ‘He also has a penchant for catchy one-liners, ideally suited to television.’
    • ‘We've all encountered characters with a penchant for telling tall tales.’
    • ‘Those with a penchant for acting on the silver screen need not be disappointed.’
    • ‘She plays a New York socialite and actress who is a lousy mother and has a penchant for good-looking young men.’
    • ‘Photographs show her as glamorous with a penchant for fashions with a nipped-in waist and large hats.’
    • ‘The Bulgarian has a penchant for going to ground easily under challenges.’
    flavour, savour, relish, tang, smack
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/ˈpen(t)SH(ə)nt/ /ˈpɛn(t)ʃ(ə)nt/


Late 17th century from French, ‘leaning, inclining’, present participle of the verb pencher.