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, especially one taken after the midday meal.
Origin of siestaSpanish from Latin sexta (hōra) sixth (hour), midday feminine of sextus sixth ; see sext1.
- 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.