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siˈɛs təsies·ta

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. siesta(noun)

    a nap in the early afternoon (especially in hot countries)


  1. siesta(Noun)

    A nap, especially an afternoon one taken after lunch in some cultures.

  2. siesta(Verb)

    To take a siesta; to nap.

  3. Origin: From siesta.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Siesta(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [Sp., probably fr. L. sessitare to sit much or long, v. freq. of sedere, sessum, to sit. See Sit.]


  1. Siesta

    A siesta is a short nap taken in the early afternoon, often after the midday meal. Such a period of sleep is a common tradition in some countries, particularly those where the weather is warm. Since the siesta is the traditional daytime sleep of Spain, and through Spanish influence, of many Hispanic American countries and in the Philippines, the word siesta has been taken from Spanish, from the Latin hora sexta – "the sixth hour". Siesta is also common in Italy where museums, churches and shops close during siesta so that proprietors can go home for a long lunch and perhaps a snooze during the day’s hottest hours . Einhard's Life of Charlemagne recounts the emperor's summertime siesta: "In summer, after his midday meal, he would eat some fruit and take another drink; then he would remove his shoes and undress completely, just as he did at night, and rest for two or three hours." Factors explaining the geographical distribution of the modern siesta are mainly high temperatures and heavy intake of food at the midday main meal. Combined, these two factors contribute to the feeling of post-lunch drowsiness. In these countries, the heat can be unbearable in the early afternoon, making a midday break at home ideal. However, in the cold Patagonia, people have siestas too. This could indicate that siestas have a stronger relation with culture than with climate.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Siesta

    si-es′ta, n. a short sleep taken about midday or after dinner. [Sp.,—L. sexta (hora), the sixth (hour) after sunrise, the hour of noon.]

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  1. tassie, Tassie

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of siesta in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of siesta in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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