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

Definition of siesta

: an afternoon nap or rest

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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 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 Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet got swallowed up on fourth-and-2 after the left side of the line took a siesta. Teddy Greenstein,, "5 things we learned about Big Ten football after Week 2, including Jim Harbaugh’s embarrassing day and Wisconsin’s sizzle. Plus, our updated power rankings.," 9 Sep. 2019 But the sleep experts did have some ideas beyond not watching basketball, moving across the country and trying to convince your boss that everyone in the office should be allowed to take a siesta. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James Has Turned the NBA Into the ZZZ," 21 Oct. 2018 Throw down a towel and pull out a book or take an afternoon siesta. Gregory Thomas,, "One Day, One Place: Big Sur," 6 Sep. 2019 Even with my compressed itinerary, my vision for this trip included hiking all morning, afternoon siestas and evenings spent journaling over dinners of fresh seafood. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Hiking Spain’s luminous Lighthouse Way," 7 June 2019 That could be early in the morning, during siesta, or late in the evening. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, "Joost Swarte’s “Power Trip”," 22 July 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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The first known use of siesta was in 1655

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“Siesta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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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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