See also: Leisure
Alternative forms edit
- leasure (obsolete)
From Middle English leyser, 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 (“be permitted”). Displaced native Old English ǣmetta.
- (UK, General Australian, General South African)
- (US, Canada)
- Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.
- Free time, time free from work or duties.
- 1672, William Temple, An Essay Upon the Original and Nature of Government:
- The desire of leisure is much more natural than of business and care.
- 1811, [Jane Austen], chapter 11, in Sense and Sensibility […], volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] C[harles] Roworth, […], and published by T[homas] Egerton, […], →OCLC:
- Little had Mrs. Dashwood or her daughters imagined when they first came into Devonshire, that so many engagements would arise to occupy their time as shortly presented themselves, or that they should have such frequent invitations and such constant visitors as to leave them little leisure for serious employment.
- Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.
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