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.
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
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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