American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rest or nap after the midday meal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A midday rest or nap; an interval of sleep or repose taken in the hottest part of the day: a common practice in Spain and other hot countries.
- To rest and sleep or take a nap; to indulge in a siesta.
- n. A nap, especially an afternoon one taken after lunch in some cultures.
- v. intransitive To take a siesta; to nap.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short sleep taken about the middle of the day, or after dinner; a midday nap.
- n. a nap in the early afternoon (especially in hot countries)
- From Spanish siesta. (Wiktionary)
- Spanish, from Latin sexta (hōra), sixth (hour), midday, feminine of sextus, sixth; see sext. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Permission to Nap: Taking Time to Restore Your Spirit "Like our French sisters, who enjoy a 35-hour work week, or in Spain, where a siesta is a must, we can come to enjoy, embrace and revel in a little lovely shut-eye." -- from the publisher”
“The two hours before dinner Lord Creith ordinarily devoted to what he described as a siesta, and Joan usually occupied that period in dealing with her correspondence.”
“Small enough that siesta is still honored, the million-plus inhabitants of Morelia also support two sushi bars.”
““Kaylúlah,” mid-day sleep; called siesta from the sixth canonical hour.”
“Still and all, I didn't get myuch sleep, so I think a siesta is not uncalled for.”
“I use the word siesta, but as a matter of fact it is quite inadequate to describe the peculiar function for which I have chosen it as a label.”
“And as she sat one day in siesta under a tree, Māra the Evil One, in youthful shape, drew near, tempting her with sensuous ideas:”
“A siesta is a nap in the middle of the day, universally resorted to by the Spaniards, Italians, and, indeed, by all the inhabitants of hot climates; with respectable people it is called a siesta, but with a travelling tinker it must be, I suppose, called a snooze.”
“The word siesta is said to have originated from ancient Latin word 'siennete', which meant”
“Sir John and I, left alone downstairs, took what we called a siesta, each in his chair, and Sir John's chair by the shaded window.”
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