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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 Asia, especially in the East.
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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  • Charlie was at the other end of the burden, which appeared to be a middle-aged man in pajamas.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • He sat up, rubbing his eyes and fumbling with the cordings of his pajamas.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • Reader, have you ever purchased a pair of pajamas in London?

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • "The pajamas look clean, anyway," he continued as he viewed them.

    Left End Edwards Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He went away, to reappear a quarter of an hour later, this time in his pajamas.

    The Man Who Knew Edgar Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for pajamas


plural noun
the US spelling of pyjamas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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