from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A definite liking; a strong inclination. See Synonyms at predilection.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. taste, liking, or inclination (for)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Inclination; decided taste; bias.
- n. A game like bézique, or, in the game, any queen and jack of different suits held together.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strong inclination; decided taste; liking; bias.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a strong liking
French, from present participle of pencher, to incline, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pendicāre, from Latin pendēre, to hang; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing 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"). (Wiktionary)