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[lee-zher, lezh-er] /ˈli ʒər, ˈlɛʒ ər/
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.
free or unoccupied:
leisure hours.
having leisure:
the leisure class.
(of clothing) suitable to or adapted for wear during leisure; casual:
a leisure jacket.
designed or intended for recreational use:
leisure products like bowling balls and video games.
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 forms
leisurable, adjective
leisureless, adjective Unabridged
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  • Or their work and leisure activities might be more physically demanding, which promotes physical fitness.
  • People who are socially active or who engage in stimulating leisure activities experience a delay in mental decline.
  • The boys organized some of their own leisure activities.
  • In the unlimited leisure of the wilderness, discussion had been worn threadbare.
  • Slow and patient reading, by contrast, properly belongs to our leisure hours.
  • Almost instantly, students figured out that they could record lectures on their iPods and listen at their leisure.
  • The fierce carnivore tracks the wounded creature and dines at its leisure once the prey collapses.
  • The spider then crawls to the captured insect, and envelops it in a silk cocoon to eat at its leisure.
  • Even when you get home you probably won't want to spend more time doing the same sort of thing for leisure.
  • Soon other industries blossomed: leisure travel, restaurants relying on the transport of refrigerated food, professional sports.
British Dictionary definitions for leisure


/ˈlɛʒə; US ˈliːʒər/
  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
C14: from Old French leisir; ultimately from Latin licēre to be allowed
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Word Origin and History for leisure

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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