- freedom from the demands of work or duty: She looked forward to retirement and a life of leisure.
- time free from the demands of work or duty, when one can rest, enjoy hobbies or sports, etc.: Most evenings he had the leisure in which to follow his interests.
- unhurried ease: a work written with leisure and grace.
- free or unoccupied: leisure hours.
- having leisure: the leisure class.
- (of clothing) suitable to or adapted for wear during leisure; casual: a leisure jacket.
- designed or intended for recreational use: leisure products like bowling balls and video games.
- at leisure,
- with free or unrestricted time.
- without haste; slowly.
- out of work; unemployed: Because of the failure of the magazine, many experienced editors are now at leisure.
- at one's leisure, when one has free time; at one's convenience: Take this book and read it at your leisure.
Origin of leisure
Examples from the Web for leisure
In 2007 though, there were outbreaks reported to the CDC on 21 leisure voyages, including one on the QE-II.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
Assuming that members of Congress who live in D.C. are adults, they, too, will be permitted to get stoned at their leisure.Can Congress Get Stoned Now That D.C. Has Legalized Marijuana?
November 5, 2014
She is part of a growing number of women embracing polo as a leisure sport.Breaking Polo's Grass Ceiling
August 20, 2014
The best return on that perpetually diminishing currency in terms of leisure is – or should be – travel.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder
August 10, 2014
A healthy sense of leisure … Consumerism has brought us anxiety, [causing us to lose a] healthy culture of leisure.Call Him ‘Poprah’: Pope Francis’s 10 Commandments for a Happy Life
July 31, 2014
It is a happy man who has divined the leisure of eternity, so he feels it, like what you say, 'in his bones.'The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
While Mr. Compton was reading the letter, I had leisure to look at him, and at his room.Life in London
When her embroidery gave her mind a moment's leisure, she was astonished not to see Felicien.The Dream
The wished time had come of rest from labour, of leisure for thought.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
Theseus asked of the master of the vessel, who was now at leisure to answer him.Tanglewood Tales
- time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc
- (as modifier)leisure activities
- ease or leisureliness
- at leisure
- having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
- not occupied or engaged
- without hurrying
- at one's leisure when one has free time
Word Origin and History for leisure
early 14c., leisir, "opportunity to do something" (as in phrase at (one's) leisure), also "time at one's disposal," from Old French leisir (Modern French loisir) "capacity; permission; leisure, spare time; free will; idleness, inactivity," noun use of infinitive leisir "be permitted," from Latin licere "be permitted" (see licence). The -u- appeared 16c., probably on analogy of words like pleasure. Phrase leisured class attested by 1836.
Idioms and Phrases with leisure
see at leisure; at one's leisure.