Borrowed from French penchant, present participle of pencher (“to tilt, to lean”), from Middle French, from Old French pengier (“to tilt, be out of line”), from Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, a derivative of Latin pendere (“to hang, to lean”).
- Taste, liking, or inclination (for).
- He has a penchant for fine wine.
- (card games, uncountable) A card game resembling bezique.
- (card games) In the game of penchant, any queen and jack of different suits held at the same time.
penchant m (plural penchants)