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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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 The Spanish famously observe a siesta in the middle of the day, where people will leave the office to have lunch or a rest at home, before reporting back to work. Bonnie Vengrow, Good Housekeeping, "6 Parenting Tips From Around The World That Only Sound Crazy To Americans," 21 July 2016 Now, at long last, the Spanish deployed their heavy artillery in a devastating, continuous onslaught that only stopped when the gunners took their midday siesta. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘Gibraltar’ Review: When the Rock Was a Hard Place," 3 Apr. 2018 Highlights include kids boot camps by CrossFit El Cid at 8:30 a.m. (Hilton) and 10 a.m. (CityPlace) on Saturday morning, plus Crossfit, Barre, Cardio Dance and Body Combat classes and a poolside siesta at the Hilton. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "South Florida's holiday weekend filled with Easter egg events, fitness fest," 28 Mar. 2018 Sweet but not sugary, this one is an equally great kickoff to a fancy night out or an afternoon siesta. Tod Caviness,, "Cocktail recipe: St. Augustine Spring Fling from Garp & Fuss," 12 Mar. 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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English Language Learners Definition of siesta

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

: a brief sleep


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Kids Definition of siesta

: a nap or rest especially at midday

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