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 This is an emerging group in the tourism market – those primarily traveling for business, but staying on for leisure. Ciku Kimeria, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s tourism industry is now the second fastest growing in the world," 28 Sep. 2019 Visitors booking hotels for leisure doubled from about 14 percent to 32 percent. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "Meryl Levitz, head of Visit Philly, to step down after 21 years," 18 Jan. 2018 One predictable dynamic, according to Honig, is that prime in-flight Wi-Fi on business routes (such as London-New York and New York-L.A.) tend to be pricier, helping deter leisure travelers from using bandwidth for, say, watching YouTube videos. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "How to Make Sure Your In-Flight Wi-Fi Isn’t Terrible," 13 Dec. 2019 Now, startups are meeting that demand by offering plane or helicopter seats for beleaguered commuters and leisure travelers. Mallory Moench, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area super-commuters take to the skies in planes, helicopters," 2 Dec. 2019 Chinese leisure travelers are shying away from Hong Kong. Youyou Zhou, Quartz, "Protests and political tensions are diverting mainland Chinese tourists away from Hong Kong and Taiwan," 31 Oct. 2019 People who are booking last-minute flights don’t tend to be leisure travelers. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Time to Book Flights for Cheap," 14 Oct. 2019 Most are scheduled mid-week, which reduces impact on leisure travelers. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "Skip visiting San Diego and San Francisco on these convention dates," 27 Sep. 2019 Most visitors are leisure travelers and about 14% of visitors are international, Glynn told the Sentinel. Elaine Ingalls, The Mercury News, "Study: American workers leave record 768 million vacation days unused," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for leisure

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

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Leisure.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisure. Accessed 23 January 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


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

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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