Definition of leisure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlēZHər/
Pronunciation: /ˈleZHər/


1Free time.
Example sentences
  • Usually the leisure consists of snorkeling, night club jaunts and ample free time spent with other American youths.
  • However, her high efficiency and friendliness has not brought her the leisure and happiness she expected.
  • In this relatively short book he takes the leisure which retirement is said to offer to give us a very readable examination of Methodism based on his years of research.
1.1Use of free time for enjoyment: increased opportunities for leisure [as modifier]: leisure activities
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  • Making room for relaxation and enjoyment of leisure activities is vital for all of us.
  • Campaigning youngsters are demanding more leisure activities and increased police patrols in the borough to clamp down on rowdy youths.
  • I take enjoyment and satisfaction from my work, my family and leisure activities.
1.2 (leisure for/to do something) Opportunity afforded by free time to do something: writers with enough leisure to practice their art
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  • It is not often I have the leisure to idle my time away here.
  • For a few days he would have the leisure for tasks such as gathering food and organizing, before another round of observations began.
  • Recycling materials for use later was one of those issues taken up by people who had the leisure to think about such matters.



at leisure

1Not occupied; free: the rest of the day can be spent at leisure
More example sentences
  • Day three can be spent at leisure.
2In an unhurried manner: the poems were left for others to read at leisure
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  • Whether as a bedtime story, or as a novel to read at leisure, its pages will enthral any reader with a taste for adventure.
  • The messages, which I could read at leisure, were mostly short but sweet, and comforting words were used that are not always easy to say face to face.
  • Not least of these is the opportunity to cruise at leisure for miles and miles, reading a book on deck, taking charge at the helm or lazily watching the passing countryside.

at one's leisure

At one’s ease or convenience.
Example sentences
  • This enabled people to wander through at their leisure and view the school as a whole.
  • The site looks promising and we ask you to give it a try at your leisure.
  • Buying something online is fun because you can browse and pick and choose at your leisure, then have it delivered to your door.
at your convenience, when it suits you, in your own (good/sweet) time, without haste, unhurriedly

lady (or man or gentleman) of leisure

A woman or man of independent means or whose time is free from obligations to others.
Example sentences
  • We are not, in this day and age a place for the polishing of young men of leisure into gentlemanly ways.
  • They are men of leisure, going on a voyage down the Thames River from Kingston to Oxford.
  • But although that is now on hold, she has no plans of becoming a lady of leisure.

leisure class

A social class that is independently wealthy or has much leisure.
Example sentences
  • He tends to portray high earners as bad guys, the unproductive leisure class.
  • They became a new and crucial leisure class, the focus of every advertiser's lust, every merchant's greed.
  • The country has developed more of a leisure class.


Middle English: from Old French leisir, based on Latin licere 'be allowed'.

  • Leisure is from Old French leisir, based on Latin licere ‘be allowed’. The phrase a lady of leisure defining a woman who has lots of free time, dates only from the 1940s.

Words that rhyme with leisure

made-to-measure, measure, pleasure, treasure

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Syllabification: lei·sure

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