Definition of peccadillo in English:


Syllabification: pec·ca·dil·lo
Pronunciation: /ˌpekəˈdilō

noun (plural peccadilloes or peccadillos)

A small, relatively unimportant offense or sin.
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  • A series of minor government ministers was involved in a variety of sexual peccadilloes and had to resign.
  • A serious lie is told to cover a minor peccadillo.
  • Their sexual peccadillos, family differences and even flaws of personal character were commonly regarded as their own business, not the public's.
misdemeanor, petty offense, indiscretion, lapse, misdeed


late 16th century: from Spanish pecadillo, diminutive of pecado 'sin', from Latin peccare 'to sin'.

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