leisure

[ lee-zher, lezh-er ]
/ ˈli ʒər, ˈlɛʒ ər /

noun

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.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. leishmaniasis,
  2. leishmaniasis recidivans,
  3. leishmaniasis tegumentaria diffusa,
  4. leishmanic,
  5. leister,
  6. leisure centre,
  7. leisure class,
  8. leisure home,
  9. leisure sickness,
  10. leisure suit

Idioms

    at leisure,
    1. with free or unrestricted time.
    2. without haste; slowly.
    3. 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

1250–1300; Middle English leisir < Old French, noun use of infinitive ≪ Latin licēre to be permitted

Related formslei·sur·a·ble, adjectivelei·sure·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for leisure

leisure

/ (ˈlɛʒə, US ˈliːʒər) /

noun

  1. time or opportunity for ease, relaxation, etc
  2. (as modifier)leisure activities
ease or leisureliness
at leisure
  1. having free time for ease, relaxation, etc
  2. not occupied or engaged
  3. without hurrying
at one's leisure when one has free time

Word Origin for leisure

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

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Word Origin and History for leisure

leisure

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with leisure

leisure

see at leisure; at one's leisure.

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