[pen-chuh nt; French pahn-shahn] /ˈpɛn tʃənt; French pɑ̃ˈʃɑ̃/

a strong inclination, taste, or liking for something:
a penchant for outdoor sports.
a strong inclination or liking; bent or taste

1670s, from French penchant, noun use of present participle of Old French pencher “to incline,” from Vulgar Latin *pendicare, a frequentative formed from Latin pendere “to hang” (see pendant (n.)).
see: have a penchant for


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