Definition of peccadillo in English:

peccadillo

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

noun (plural peccadilloes or peccadillos)

  • A small, relatively unimportant offense or sin.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    misdemeanor, petty offense, indiscretion, lapse, misdeed

Origin

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

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