From the online Oxford Dictionary

[mass noun]
time when one is not working or occupied; free time.

  • use of free time for enjoyment: increased opportunities for leisure
    [as modifier] : leisure activities
  • (leisure for/to do something) opportunity afforded by free time
    to do something: writers with enough leisure to practise their art

at leisure
1 not occupied; free: the rest of the day can be spent at leisure
2 in an unhurried manner: the poems were left for others to read at leisureat one’s leisure at one’s convenience.

lady (or man or gentleman) of leisure a person who does not need to earn a living.

Origin: Middle English: from Old French leisir, based on Latin licere ‘be allowed’

And from Wikipedia

Leisure, or free time, is time spent away from business, work, and domestic chores. It is also the periods of time before or after necessary activities such as eating, sleeping and, where it is compulsory, education.

The distinction between leisure and unavoidable activities is loosely applied, i.e. 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”.

Leisure studies is the academic discipline concerned with the study and analysis of leisure.




How do you prefer to spend your leisure time? What do you do when you free? What is your favourite activity?