An afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate: everyone had a siesta for a few hours
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- 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.
mid 17th century: Spanish, from Latin sexta (hora) 'sixth hour'.