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[puh-jah-muh z, -jam-uh z] /pəˈdʒɑ məz, -ˈdʒæm əz/
noun, (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British.


[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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  • Mrs. Smithson-Jones (to her husband, who will garden in his pyjamas before breakfast).

  • Clothed in his pyjamas he opened the door between the rooms.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • The next thing was that he found himself, instead of putting on his pyjamas, putting on his day-clothes.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • “We must have plenty, and flannels and pyjamas,” said Sir John.

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • He had washed and brushed his hair, and changed into pyjamas.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • He was wearing a suit of pyjamas not nearly big enough for him.

    The Red Hand of Ulster George A. Birmingham
  • My room's at the back, as you know; do you mind keeping a look-out while I go round and get into my pyjamas?

    The Shadow of a Man E. W. Hornung
  • Peter was in pyjamas and dressing-gown, rosy, and fresh roused from sleep.

    Queensland Cousins Eleanor Luisa Haverfield
British Dictionary definitions for 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


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

also pyjama (adj.), chiefly British English spelling of pajamas. Early spellings in English also include pai jamahs (1800); pigammahs (1834), peijammahs (1840).



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