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

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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Recent Examples on the Web

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 Meaning: In a warming world, the prompt and punctual Austrians might take a siesta. Washington Post, "Melting autobahns, jaguars in pools, naked men on scooters. Europe faces an early summer ‘inferno’," 27 June 2019 In Kerala, labourers are now allowed a siesta between noon and 3pm. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian startups are helping their staff stay cool as temperatures hit record highs," 17 June 2019 After a brief siesta, guests climbed the steps leading to the castle ruins at Castiglion del Bosco for the rehearsal dinner. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside Caroline Wozniacki’s Wedding at Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany," 17 June 2019 Footage of an empty room appeared on televisions, with many feeling the officials popped off for an early siesta., "The Definitive 2018/19 Alternative European End of Season Awards," 6 June 2019 Spanish legislators, meanwhile, continue to debate the merits of the siesta. Bonnie Vengrow, Good Housekeeping, "6 Parenting Tips From Around The World That Only Sound Crazy To Americans," 21 July 2016

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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


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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