Definition of leisure noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈleʒə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːʒər//
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  • time that is spent doing what you enjoy when you are not working or studying These days we have more money and more leisure to enjoy it. leisure activities/interests/pursuits Make the most of your leisure time! the leisure industry
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French leisir, based on Latin licere ‘be allowed’.Idioms
    1. 1with no particular activities; free Spend the afternoon at leisure in the town centre.
    2. 2without hurrying Let's have lunch so we can talk at leisure.
    (formal) when you have the time to do something without hurrying I suggest you take the forms away and read them at your leisure.
    a gentleman/lady of leisure
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    (humorous) a man/woman who does not have to work
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leisure