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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Batting practice for the Twins on Saturday afternoon at Angel Stadium looked more like a sunny siesta in a park than a warmup. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "COVID issues stall final two games of Twins-Angels series," 17 Apr. 2021 Instead, every day the salon closes for an hour — Stancliffe calls it a siesta — and employees can use the space for lounging, eating and resting. Flora Tsapovsky,, "High Five in San Francisco aims to be a nail salon you can feel good about," 2 Dec. 2020 This was both less productive, as anyone currently tasked with remote work and homeschooling knows, as well as less constricting: Family lunch could include a brief siesta or a romp in the nearby pasture. Max Holleran, The New Republic, "The Future of Staying Home," 3 Dec. 2020 Schedules are predictable and regular: eight-hour shifts, with the siesta in the middle. Flora Tsapovsky,, "High Five in San Francisco aims to be a nail salon you can feel good about," 2 Dec. 2020 The Yankees will certainly be relieved to go home after Thursday night, their season starting with three games over a five-day trip to Washington, followed by their four-day Philly siesta and the two games here. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "When and where, indeed: Orioles and Yankees get together for 'backyard baseball' amid pandemic," 30 July 2020 Finally getting back on the ice for a Thursday morning workout, following their midseason siesta/bye, the Bruins (29-10-12) will return to work still atop the Atlantic Division. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "As Bruins prepare to resume play, here’s where things stand with them," 28 Jan. 2020 That’s $225 a day to monitor a 2-foot, 6-inch person who enjoys a multi-hour siesta. Beth Spotswood,, "Day care decision leaves trail of tears from child, parents," 7 Jan. 2020 Some companies promote siestas and have installed sleep pods — with special beds, music, lights, and vibrations designed to induce sleep., "Are you a zombie employee — unproductive, stressed out, and disengaged? You’d have plenty of company. More than a third of American adults fail to regularly get at least seven hours of shut-eye. In an always-on culture where employees sleep with their phones, fatigue is the new normal.," 15 Nov. 2019

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Siesta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce siesta (audio) \

Kids Definition of siesta

: a nap or rest especially at midday

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