leisure etymology

English word leisure comes from Latin licet ((with dative) it is allowed; one is permitted.)

Detailed word origin of leisure

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
licet Latin (lat) (with dative) it is allowed; one is permitted.
loisir Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro) Free time. Permission. Rest; respite (impersonal) to be allowed.
leisir Anglo-Norman (xno)
leisir Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
leisure English (eng) Free time, time free from work or duties.. Freedom provided by the cessation of activities.. Time at one's command, free from engagement; convenient opportunity; hence, convenience; ease.

Words with the same origin as leisure

Descendants of licet
illicit licence license