siesta

[see-es-tuh]
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Origin of siesta

1645–55; < Spanish < Latin sexta (hōra) the sixth (hour), midday
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Related Words for siesta

nod, catnap, doze, rest, catch, sleep, snooze, rack, drowse, relax

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British Dictionary definitions for siesta

siesta

noun
  1. 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
n.

"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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