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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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Examples from the web for pajamas
  • So the swag contains your sleeping bag, teddy bear, pajamas or whatever else you want to put in it.
  • She stood over her new calf, its wrinkly skin bunched around its neck and knees, resembling oversize gray pajamas.
  • Clad only in pajamas and paper slippers, the prisoners were denied writing materials.
  • He is wearing loose pajamas, and the strand of hair he combs over his bald spot stands straight up.
  • Some people enjoy the luxury of interviewing in their pajamas.
  • All of my subsequent interviews were done in jeans or pajamas.
  • Still not fully awake, you stumble into the bathroom and slip out of your cotton pajamas.
  • Under his brown corduroy suit he was wearing his pajamas.
  • The store specializes in everything from pants, dresses and scarves to fragrances, jewelry and pajamas.
  • He dashed out in pajamas and dressing gown, chased the villains over a high wall, hurried shivering back to bed.
British Dictionary definitions for pajamas


plural noun
the US spelling of pyjamas


plural noun
loose-fitting nightclothes comprising a jacket or top and trousers
full loose-fitting ankle-length trousers worn by either sex in various Eastern countries
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

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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