[ lee-zher, lezh-er ]
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  1. freedom from the demands of work or duty: She looked forward to retirement and a life of leisure.

  2. 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.

  1. unhurried ease: a work written with leisure and grace.

  1. free or unoccupied: leisure hours.

  2. having leisure: the leisure class.

  1. (of clothing) suitable to or adapted for wear during leisure; casual: a leisure jacket.

  2. designed or intended for recreational use: leisure products like bowling balls and video games.

Idioms about leisure

  1. 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.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English leisir, from Old French, noun use of infinitive, ultimately from Latin licēre “to be allowed”

Other words from leisure

  • lei·sur·a·ble, adjective
  • lei·sure·less, adjective

Words Nearby leisure

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How to use leisure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for leisure


/ (ˈlɛʒə, US ˈliːʒər) /

    • time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc

    • (as modifier): leisure activities

  1. ease or leisureliness

  1. at leisure

    • having free time for ease, relaxation, etc

    • not occupied or engaged

    • without hurrying

  2. at one's leisure when one has free time

Origin of leisure

C14: from Old French leisir; ultimately from Latin licēre to be allowed

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Other Idioms and Phrases with leisure


see at leisure; at one's leisure.

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