si·​es·​ta | \ sē-ˈe-stə \

Definition of siesta

: an afternoon nap or rest

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Synonyms for siesta


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

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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.
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After lunch, a siesta was followed by a fig and almond granita at cult gelateria, Da Alfredo, in the port town of Lingua on Salina. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 2018 Most shops follow the meandering local schedule, closing between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. for a siesta before opening up again until 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. Plan a spree accordingly. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Where to Eat and Shop in Malasaña, the Williamsburg of Madrid," 22 July 2018 Baixada de Falles The little village of Durro looks as sleepy as a siesta. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Best Day Trips from Barcelona," 4 Mar. 2018 Sleep off any late nights with a siesta on one of the town’s gay-friendly beaches, like Playa Bassa Rodona or Playa del Muerto, a clothing-optional alternative that’s reachable by clambering carefully over the rocky cliffs. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 If the thought of a 26-minute nap sounds dreadful, Bustle also cited a study from Science of People that suggests a 90-minute nap is the sweet spot for your siesta. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "This Is How Long You Should Nap," 6 July 2018 There will be more announcements soon about new projects in 2017 and 2018—who has time for a siesta? Nadine Jolie Courtney, Town & Country, "Chef José Andrés Is Not Afraid of Donald Trump," 8 May 2017 Benicio’s back: The summer box office is taking a siesta this weekend. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: 'Sicario' sequel unlikely to vanquish dinosaurs, superheroes," 25 June 2018 Sure, siesta means an afternoon nap, but the Siesta is quite the opposite. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "The Siesta Is Your New Signature Spring Cocktail, a Normal Thing to Have," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of siesta

1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for siesta

Spanish, from Latin sexta (hora) noon, literally, sixth hour — more at sext

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The first known use of siesta was in 1655

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English Language Learners Definition of siesta

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


si·​es·​ta | \ sē-ˈe-stə \

Kids Definition of siesta

: a nap or rest especially at midday

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