Definition of siesta
: an afternoon nap or rest
Examples of siesta in a Sentence
Most of the shops were closed after lunch for a two-hour siesta.
The shops are closed during siesta.
He's taking a little siesta out there on the patio.
Recent Examples of siesta from the Web
For tired Spaniards, De Inza’s siesta bar offers a sanctuary.
Visitors hoping to siesta and go can choose from a variety of options in either private or shared rooms, by the minute or by the hour, with prices ranging from €8 (top bunk; one hour) to €14 ($15) for one hour in a private room.
Sounds like a good time to take a vacation siesta in a safe place, dontcha think?
By early afternoon, warm sun prompted siesta time for wildlife, and the lake got markedly quieter.
Working class people who have to traverse the capital for their jobs have adjusted their schedules to account for traffic shutdowns and take siestas to wait out clashes between protesters and police.
PRACTICAL STUFF: Go for lunch and follow it up with a siesta.
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SIESTA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of siesta for English Language Learners
: a regular period of sleep or rest in the afternoon in some hot countries
: a brief sleep
SIESTA Defined for Kids
Definition of siesta for Students
: a nap or rest especially at midday
History for siesta
The ancient Romans counted the hours of the day from sunrise to sunset, an average of about twelve hours. The sixth hour of the Roman day—in Latin, sexta hora, or simply sexta—fell around noon. The word sexta passed into Spanish as siesta, which referred first to the hot period around the middle of the day, and then to a nap taken during this period after the midday meal. English siesta comes from the Spanish word.
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