Definition of siesta in English:

siesta

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

noun

  • An afternoon rest or nap, especially one taken during the hottest hours of the day in a hot climate.
    More 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
    informal snooze, lie-down, forty winks, bit of shut-eye

Origin

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

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