from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Freedom from time-consuming duties, responsibilities, or activities.
- idiom at (one's) leisure When one has free time; at one's convenience: I'll return the call at my leisure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
- n. Time free from work or duties.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Freedom from occupation or business; vacant time; time free from employment.
- n. Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.
- adj. Unemployed.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Opportunity for ease or relaxation; freedom from necessary occupation or business; spare time.
- n. Convenient opportunity; available or commodious time; hence, convenience; ease.
- Free from business; idle; unoccupied: as, leisure moments.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
- n. time available for ease and relaxation
Middle English, from Norman French leisour, from Old French leisir, to be permitted, from Latin licēre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 licēre. 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"). (Wiktionary)