leisure, leisure time(noun)
time available for ease and relaxation
"his job left him little leisure"
freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
"he lacked the leisure for golf"
Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
Time free from work or duties.
Origin: leisir, from leisir, variant of loisir (Modern French loisir survives as a noun), substantive use of a verb, from licere. Displaced native lethe (from liþian "to unloose, release", compare liþung "permission"), tom# "leisure" (from tom "leisure, ease", compare tom "free from").
freedom from occupation or business; vacant time; time free from employment
time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease
unemployed; as, leisure hours
Origin: [OE. leisere, leiser, OF. leisir, F. loisir, orig., permission, fr. L. licere to be permitted. See License.]
Leisure, or free time, is time spent away from business, work, and domestic chores. It also excludes time spent on necessary activities such as eating, sleeping and, where it is compulsory, education. The distinction between leisure and unavoidable activities is not a rigidly defined one, e.g. people sometimes do work-oriented tasks for pleasure as well as for long-term utility. A distinction may also be drawn between free time and leisure. For example, Situationist International maintains that free time is illusory and rarely free; economic and social forces appropriate free time from the individual and sell it back to them as the commodity known as "leisure". Certainly most people's leisure activities are not a completely free choice, and may be constrained by social pressures, e.g. people may be coerced into spending time gardening by the need to keep up with the standard of neighbouring gardens. Leisure studies is the academic discipline concerned with the study and analysis of leisure.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
lē′zhōōr, or lezh′-, n. time free from employment: freedom from occupation, convenient opportunity, ease.—adj. unoccupied.—adj. Lei′sured, not occupied with business.—adj. and adv. Lei′surely, not hasty or hastily.—At leisure, At one's leisure, free from occupation, at one's ease or convenience. [O. Fr. leisir—L. licēre, to be permitted.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
From Eng., _lazy_, and _sure_; assured laziness.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3433
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3653
Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Nouns Frequency: #1426
The numerical value of leisure in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of leisure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The concept of leisure-time activity is new.
Say not, when I have leisure I will study you may not have leisure.
Say not, when I have leisure I will study; you may not have leisure.
We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.
A lot of physical activity was in the domain of work, the concept of leisure-time activity is new.
Images & Illustrations of leisure
Translations for leisure
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- راحة, وقت الفراغ, خلو من العمل, فراغArabic
- свабодны часBelarusian
- свободно времеBulgarian
- lleure, ociCatalan, Valencian
- volnost, volno, volný časCzech
- Muße, FreizeitGerman
- ελεύθερος χρόνοςGreek
- ocio, tiempo libreSpanish
- loisir, temps libreFrench
- frístund, tómstundIcelandic
- svago, tempo libero, agio, ozioItalian
- 余暇, 閑暇, 暇, レジャー, 閑散Japanese
- vrije tijdDutch
- wolny czasPolish
- ócio, lazerPortuguese
- răgaz, timp liberRomanian
- досуг, свободное времяRussian
- slobodno vrijeme, слободно време, слободно вријеме, slobodno vremeSerbo-Croatian
- ledighet, fritidSwedish
- вільний часUkrainian
Get even more translations for leisure »
Find a translation for the leisure definition in other languages:
Select another language: