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[puh-jah-muh z, -jam-uh z] /pəˈdʒɑ məz, -ˈdʒæm əz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
night clothes consisting of loose-fitting trousers and jacket.
loose-fitting trousers, usually of silk or cotton, worn by both sexes in the Orient.
Also, especially British, pyjamas.
Origin of pajamas
1870-75; plural of pajama < Hindi, variant of pāyjāma < Persian pāy leg + jāma garment
Related forms
pajamaed, adjective Unabridged
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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
  • Then for the first time I became aware that I was in pajamas myself.

  • 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 had on slippers and a light dressing gown over his pajamas.

    No Clue James Hay
  • 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


plural noun
the US spelling of pyjamas
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Word Origin and History for pajamas

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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