noun si·es·ta \sē-ˈes-tə\

: a regular period of sleep or rest in the afternoon in some hot countries

: a brief sleep

Full Definition of SIESTA

:  an afternoon nap or rest

Examples of SIESTA

  1. Most of the shops were closed after lunch for a two-hour siesta.
  2. The shops are closed during siesta.
  3. He's taking a little siesta out there on the patio.

Origin of SIESTA

Spanish, from Latin sexta (hora) noon, literally, sixth hour — more at sext
First Known Use: 1655

Related to SIESTA

catnap, doze, drowse, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], 1nap, snooze, wink

Rhymes with SIESTA


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