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[see-es-tuh] /siˈɛs tə/
a midday or afternoon rest or nap, especially as taken in Spain and Latin America.
Origin of siesta
1645-55; < Spanish < Latin sexta (hōra) the sixth (hour), midday Unabridged
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Examples from the web for siesta
  • The siesta and mortality in the elderly: effect of rest without sleep and daytime sleep duration.
  • But many people, and experts, praise the benefits of a siesta or a power snooze.
  • Much of the world, though, prefers to take a siesta.
  • Bring earplugs for your afternoon siesta and evening sleep.
  • Another found that blood pressure decreased during an afternoon siesta.
  • One sees them arriving in a small village at the hour of the siesta.
  • Lunch is the big meal of the day, followed by a siesta.
  • But the bad news is your muscles have been taking a siesta.
  • The gourmet hamburger with fries and soup demands an after-lunch siesta.
  • Far from being lazy louts, siesta-takers are actually doing their bit for the firm.
British Dictionary definitions for siesta


a rest or nap, usually taken in the early afternoon, as in hot countries
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from Latin sexta hōra the sixth hour, that is, noon
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Word Origin and History for siesta

"mid-day nap," 1650s, from Spanish siesta, from Latin sexta (hora) "sixth (hour)," the noon of the Roman day (coming six hours after sunrise), from sexta, fem. of sextus "sixth" (see Sextus).

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