What does leisure mean?

Definitions for leisureˈli ʒər, ˈlɛʒ ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word leisure.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. leisure, leisure time(noun)

    time available for ease and relaxation

    "his job left him little leisure"

  2. leisure(noun)

    freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity

    "he lacked the leisure for golf"


  1. leisure(Noun)

    Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.

  2. leisure(Noun)

    Time free from work or duties.

  3. 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").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leisure(noun)

    freedom from occupation or business; vacant time; time free from employment

  2. Leisure(noun)

    time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease

  3. Leisure(adj)

    unemployed; as, leisure hours

  4. Origin: [OE. leisere, leiser, OF. leisir, F. loisir, orig., permission, fr. L. licere to be permitted. See License.]


  1. Leisure

    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

  1. Leisure

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3433

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3653

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leisure' in Nouns Frequency: #1426


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leisure in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leisure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Thomas Hobbes:

    Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

  2. Temo Waqanivalu:

    The concept of leisure-time activity is new.

  3. Samuel Johnson:

    An intellectual improvement arises from leisure.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.

Images & Illustrations of leisure

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