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pajamas

[puh-jah-muh z, -jam-uh z] /pəˈdʒɑ məz, -ˈdʒæm əz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
night clothes consisting of loose-fitting trousers and jacket.
2.
loose-fitting trousers, usually of silk or cotton, worn by both sexes in the Orient.
Origin of pajamas
1870-1875
1870-75; plural of pajama < Hindi, variant of pāyjāma < Persian pāy leg + jāma garment
Related forms
pajamaed, adjective
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pajamas

/pəˈdʒɑːməz/
plural noun
1.
the US spelling of pyjamas

pyjamas

/pəˈdʒɑːməz/
plural noun
1.
loose-fitting nightclothes comprising a jacket or top and trousers
2.
full loose-fitting ankle-length trousers worn by either sex in various Eastern countries
3.
women's flared trousers or trouser suit used esp for leisure wear
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi, from Persian pāi leg + jāmah clothing, garment
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Word Origin and History for pajamas
n.

1800, pai jamahs "loose trousers tied at the waist," worn by Muslims in India and adopted by Europeans there, especially for nightwear, from Hindi pajama, probably from Persian paejamah, literally "leg clothing," from pae "leg" (from PIE *ped- "foot," see foot (n.)) + jamah "clothing." Modern spelling (U.S.) is from 1845. British spelling tends toward pyjamas.

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