- a midday or afternoon rest or nap, especially as taken in Spain and Latin America.
Origin of siesta
Examples from the Web for siesta
How can anyone go home for a three-course meal and a siesta in the midst of peak trading?Discovering The Charms Of La France Profonde
June 9, 2014
"They're going into the Saint's Pool to have a siesta," said Vere.
I'm afraid to speak to the servants—they are making the siesta.
I went to keep her company by her bedside after I had taken my siesta.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Most of our party slept the siesta, and at about four oʼclock we called at the Palace.The Philippine Islands
We happened to reach it when the prisoners were having a siesta.A Journey Through France in War Time
Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
- a rest or nap, usually taken in the early afternoon, as in hot countries
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).