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 Expedia saw a slower decline (as compared to a steep fall last year) in retail, reflecting improvements in leisure travel trends in Q1, particularly in North America. Trefis Team, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Southwest Airlines reported that leisure travel has weakened, with more cancellations and softer bookings for September and October. David Koenig, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 The airlines just enjoyed a strong rebound in leisure travel over the summer. Chris Isidore, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Businesses in the industry are now trying to figure out whether the delta variant will further dampen leisure travel, which usually slows this time of year as kids go back to school. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, 3 Sep. 2021 Travel has surged this year with the arrival of vaccines for COVID-19, but mostly leisure travel. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2021 As with other airports, leisure travel is leading the way in passenger counts, but for recovery to maintain momentum, business travel will need to start picking up in the fall. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 10 Aug. 2021 The resurgence of leisure travel, coupled with some bad weather, has led to delays and flight cancellations at airlines struggling to ramp up after being crushed by the pandemic. David Koenig, ajc, 2 Aug. 2021 Many charter bus drivers had to find work in other industries like trucking in 2020 when leisure travel disappeared almost overnight, Danza said. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 27 July 2021

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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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16 Sep 2021

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“Leisure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leisure. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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