[ see-es-tuh ]
/ siˈɛs tə /


a midday or afternoon rest or nap, especially as taken in Spain and Latin America.

Nearby words

  1. sierra madre del sur,
  2. sierra morena,
  3. sierra nevada,
  4. sierra vista,
  5. sies,
  6. sieva bean,
  7. sieve,
  8. sieve cell,
  9. sieve graft,
  10. sieve of eratosthenes

Origin of siesta

1645–55; < Spanish < Latin sexta (hōra) the sixth (hour), midday Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for siesta


/ (sɪˈɛstə) /


a rest or nap, usually taken in the early afternoon, as in hot countries

Word Origin for siesta

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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