What does the word siesta mean?

Usage examples for siesta

  1. After dinner, when the family, according to custom, had retired for the siesta, Gascoigne and Jack, who had slept enough in the cart to last for a week, went out together in the garden. – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  2. There was a light haze over Zante, and the great plain held a look of sleep- not the sleep of night but of the siesta, when the dreams come out of the sun, and descend through the deep- blue corridors to visit those who are weary in the gold. – In the Wilderness by Robert Hichens