lei·​sure | \ ˈlē-zhər How to pronounce leisure (audio) , ˈle-, ˈlā- How to pronounce leisure (audio) \

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

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leisure adjective

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Examples of leisure in a Sentence

I don't have much time for leisure. upon retiring, the elderly couple looked forward to a life of well-deserved leisure
Recent Examples on the Web The biggest gains were 6,100 jobs in education and health services, 5,600 jobs in professional and business services, 2,400 jobs in manufacturing and 1,600 jobs in leisure and hospitality. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Minnesota's jobless rate falls to 6%, mainly from people leaving workforce," 15 Oct. 2020 Before the pandemic, around 20% of its population worked in leisure and hospitality. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "Devastated by lockdowns, Hawaii’s struggling tourism industry pins its hopes on the first signs of reopening," 15 Oct. 2020 Some 20 percent of the jobs lost in leisure and hospitality aren’t expected to come back within the next five years, per a June analysis from Nivin and Jon Hockenyos, another economist. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Days before election, $154 million workforce plan is still developing," 11 Oct. 2020 Remember, 25% of the jobs created after the Great Recession were in leisure and hospitality. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Q&A: Former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker talks America’s R&D problem, taxes, and the country’s economic outlook," 11 Oct. 2020 Sectors hard-hit by the pandemic saw volume of distressed debt swell, including airlines with a 10% increase, a 55% surge in leisure and a 19% jump in transportation. Josh Saul, Bloomberg.com, "Small Firms Are Going Bust While Others Stay Afloat on Easy Cash," 29 Sep. 2020 Employment in the leisure and hospitality sector increased by 174,000 in August, with about three-fourths of the gains occurring in bars and restaurants. Jay Heflin, Washington Examiner, "Unemployment plunged to 8.4% in August as the economy added 1.4M jobs," 4 Sep. 2020 And rather than the technological stopgap in a Jules Verne setting, those airships were havens for the very wealthy to cruise in leisure and luxury. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Hey, Wanna Ride in an Airship to the North Pole?," 25 Aug. 2020 Job gains were seen in leisure and hospitality (23,100) and the professional and business services (11,100) sectors. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana's unemployment rate continues to fall," 22 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of leisure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for leisure

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

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The first known use of leisure was in the 14th century

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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leisure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisure. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of leisure

: 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


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Kids Definition of leisure

: 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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