leisure

noun lei·sure \ ˈlē-zhər , ˈle- , ˈlā- \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of leisure

1 : freedom provided by the cessation of activities; especially : time free from work or duties
  • increase of leisure, diminution of hustle are the ends to be sought
  • —Bertrand Russell

leisure

adjective
at leisure or at one's leisure
: in one's leisure time : at one's convenience
  • read the book at her leisure

Examples of leisure in a Sentence

  1. I don't have much time for leisure.

  2. upon retiring, the elderly couple looked forward to a life of well-deserved leisure

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Origin and Etymology of leisure

Middle English leiser, from Anglo-French leisir, from leisir to be permitted, from Latin licēre — see 1license



LEISURE Defined for English Language Learners

leisure

noun

Definition of leisure for English Language Learners

  • : time when you are not working : time when you can do whatever you want to do

  • : enjoyable activities that you do when you are not working


LEISURE Defined for Kids

leisure

noun lei·sure \ ˈlē-zhər \

Definition of leisure for Students

: free time
at leisure or at someone's leisure
1 : in a way that is not hurried
2 : when there is free time available
3 : not busy


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