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siesta Syllabification: si·es·ta
Pronunciation: /sēˈestə/

Definition of siesta in English:

noun

An afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate.
Example sentences
  • I go home to my apartment at around 11 or 12 and get about six hours of sleep and a couple of hours for an afternoon siesta.
  • When I opened my store I was determined that I would have afternoon siestas for about an hour each day.
  • The main meal is eaten at midday, often followed by a siesta, or afternoon rest during the hottest time of the day, when work is difficult.
Synonyms
afternoon sleep, nap, catnap, doze, rest, power nap
informalsnooze, lie-down, forty winks, bit of shut-eye

Origin

Mid 17th century: Spanish, from Latin sexta (hora) 'sixth hour'.

Words that rhyme with siesta

arrester, Avesta, Chester, contester, ester, Esther, fester, fiesta, Hester, investor, jester, Leicester, Lester, molester, Nestor, pester, polyester, protester, quester, semester, sequester, sou'wester, suggester, tester, trimester, vesta, zester

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