penchant

A penchant is a strong preference or tendency. If you have a penchant for pizza, you either eat it daily or wish you did.

Penchant borrows from French, in which penchant literally means inclined. It goes back to the Latin pendere, for hanging, which is also the source of pendant. In both French and English, speakers have long used the idea of inclination metaphorically: a hillside can be inclined in one direction or another, and so can a person's thoughts. But in English, penchant is only for desires.

Definitions of penchant
  1. noun
    a strong liking
    synonyms: predilection, preference, taste
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    types:
    acquired taste
    a preference that is only acquired after considerable experience
    weakness
    a penchant for something even though it might not be good for you
    type of:
    liking
    a feeling of pleasure and enjoyment
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