a brief nap or rest taken after the noon meal, esp. in Spain and some Latin American countries
Origin of siestaSpanish ; from Classical Latin sexta (hora), sixth (hour), noon
A rest or nap after the midday meal.
Origin of siestaSpanish, from Latin sexta (h&omacron;ra), sixth (hour), midday, feminine of sextus, sixth; see sext.
- A nap, especially an afternoon one taken after lunch in some cultures.
(third-person singular simple present siestas, present participle siestaing, simple past and past participle siestaed)
- (intransitive) to take a siesta; to nap.