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

1645–55; < Spanish < Latin sexta (hōra) the sixth (hour), midday
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  1. a rest or nap, usually taken in the early afternoon, as in hot countries
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Word Origin

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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