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pajamas

or (especially British) pyjamas

[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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Examples from the Web for pajamas
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  • Verbeck's clothes, that Muggs had put out for use in the morning, were gone, and his pajamas were on the floor in a corner.

    Black Star's Campaign Johnston McCulley
  • Charlie was at the other end of the burden, which appeared to be a middle-aged man in pajamas.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • I stood awaiting them in a raveled, mud-smeared suit of pajamas which at their best had never been ostentatious.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • He sat up, rubbing his eyes and fumbling with the cordings of his pajamas.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • All I had retained of my own clothing was the suit of pajamas I was wearing and my bath-robe.

    The Man in Lower Ten Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for pajamas

pajamas

/pəˈdʒɑːməz/
plural noun
1.
the US spelling of pyjamas
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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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Slang definitions & phrases for pajamas

pajamas

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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