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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from leisir Anglo-Norman , variant of leisir Old French loisir ( “ to enjoy oneself ” ) (Modern French survives as a noun), substantive use of a verb, from loisir Latin licēre ( “ be permitted ” ). 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 ” )).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
leisure ( , countable and uncountable plural )
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
Sense and Sensibility 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. 1908, William David Ross (translator), Aristotle,
Metaphysics This is why the mathematical arts were founded in Egypt; for there the priestly caste was allowed to be at leisure. Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.
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رَاحَة f ( rāḥa ), خُلُو مِن اَلْعَمَل ( ḵulū min al-ʿamal ), فَرَاغ m ( farāḡ ), وَقْت اَلْفَرَاغ m ( waqt al-farāḡ ) Armenian:
ազատ ժամանակ ( azat žamanak ) Belarusian:
свабо́дны час m ( svabódny čas ) Bulgarian:
свобо́дно вре́ме n ( svobódno vréme ) Catalan:
oci (ca) , m lleure (ca) m Chinese:
Mandarin: 空閑 , (zh) 空闲 (zh) ( kòngxián ), 閑空 , (zh) 闲空 (zh) ( xiánkòng ), 閑暇 , (zh) 闲暇 (zh) ( xiánxiá ), 餘暇 , (zh) 余暇 (zh) ( yúxiá ), , 餘閑 余闲 (zh) ( yúxián ) Czech:
volný čas m Dutch:
vrije tijd (nl) m Finnish:
vapaa-aika (fi) French:
loisir (fr) , m temps libre (fr) m Galician:
lecer m German:
Freizeit (de) , f Muße (de) f Greek:
ελεύθερος χρόνος (el) ( eléftheros chrónos )
Ancient: σχολή f ( skholḗ ) Hebrew:
פנאי m Hindi:
अवकाश (hi) m ( avkāś ), फ़ुर्सत f ( fursat ) Hungarian:
szabadidő (hu) Italian:
agio (it) , m ozio (it) , m tempo libero m Japanese:
余暇 (ja) ( よか, yoka ), 閑暇 ( かんか, kanka ), 閑散 (ja) ( かんさん, kansan ), 暇 (ja) ( ひま, hima ) Korean: 여가 (ko) ( yeoga )
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