The leisure class.
The pursuit of leisure.
An example of leisure is the time after work has ended and all errands for the day have been run.
An example of leisure is a time when one is temporarily released from other compulsory, but unpaid duties, such as child care, home or other maintenance, or personal obligations and matters.
An example of leisure is hours where no work is required.
An example of leisure is a comfortable sweatsuit.
Leisure activities, leisure wear.
- When one has free time; at one's convenience:I'll return the call at my leisure.
- having free or spare time
- with no hurry
- not occupied or engaged
- when one has the time or opportunity
Other Word Forms
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of leisure
- Middle English from Norman French leisour from Old French leisir to be permitted from Latin licēre
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English leisir, from Anglo-Norman leisir, variant of Old French loisir (“to enjoy oneself") (Modern French loisir survives as a noun), substantive use of a verb, from Latin licÄ“re. Displaced native Middle English lethe (“leisure") (from Old English liþian "to unloose, release", compare Old English līþung "permission"), Middle English tom, toom "leisure" (from Old Norse tōm "leisure, ease", compare Old English tōm "free from").