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)
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.