Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rest or nap after the midday meal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nap, especially an afternoon one taken after lunch in some cultures.
  • v. To take a siesta; to nap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short sleep taken about the middle of the day, or after dinner; a midday nap.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rest and sleep or take a nap; to indulge in a siesta.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a nap in the early afternoon (especially in hot countries)

Etymologies

Spanish, from Latin sexta (hōra), sixth (hour), midday, feminine of sextus, sixth; see sext.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish siesta. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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

    French Word-A-Day:

  • 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.

    The Black

  • Small enough that siesta is still honored, the million-plus inhabitants of Morelia also support two sushi bars.

    Mexico's Morelia - More Than Meets The Eye

  • “Kaylúlah,” mid-day sleep; called siesta from the sixth canonical hour.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Still and all, I didn't get myuch sleep, so I think a siesta is not uncalled for.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • 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.

    An Adventure With A Genius

  • 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:

    Psalms of the Sisters

  • "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 Poacher Joseph Rushbrook

  • The word siesta is said to have originated from ancient Latin word 'siennete', which meant

    The Times of India

  • "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.

    Sir John Constantine Memoirs of His Adventures At Home and Abroad and Particularly in the Island of Corsica: Beginning with the Year 1756

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