si·​es·​ta | \ sē-ˈe-stə How to pronounce siesta (audio) \

Definition of siesta

: an afternoon nap or rest

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Pundits had been declaring the death of the siesta for more than 20 years. Jason Wilson, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 User u/hunterhaus, a general contractor, encourages his subcontractors to enjoy a siesta after their one-hour lunch break. Jamie Valentino, Chron, 24 Dec. 2021 Hayek’s message, as always, was not about goals, but about being grateful and appreciating the small things in life – whether that’s a moment of serenity by water or having a siesta in a hammock. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 9 Jan. 2022 Spend a few hours here before returning, invigorated and exhausted, to your room at Hotel Puerta Calakmul for a siesta. Michael Snyder, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 Sep. 2021 These brief bursts might just be a welcome relief to the heat and humidity and offer a nice time for a siesta. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2021 The seasonal siesta looks a bit different in Arkansas versus Andalucia, Mali versus Mumbai. Vogue, 6 Sep. 2021 Many stores close for lunchtime siesta (2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.), as well as on Sundays and public holidays. Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, 30 June 2021 The Pillow Cube is how to take your afternoon siesta to the next level. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 8 June 2021 See More

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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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“Siesta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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si·​es·​ta | \ sē-ˈe-stə How to pronounce siesta (audio) \

Kids Definition of siesta

: a nap or rest especially at midday

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