siesta

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noun si·es·ta \sē-ˈes-tə\

Definition of siesta

  1. :  an afternoon nap or rest

Examples of siesta in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of siesta

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


First Known Use: 1655


SIESTA Defined for English Language Learners

siesta

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noun si·es·ta \sē-ˈes-tə\

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

siesta

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noun si·es·ta \sē-ˈe-stə\

Definition of siesta for Students

  1. :  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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