- 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.
Origin of pajamas
Examples from the Web for pyjamas
At around 11pm the family, in their pyjamas, went down steps into the shelter.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
August 3, 2014
I was grabbing books and trying to hide them, the dog was running off with them, my dad was standing helpless in his pyjamas.Only Six Books: Excerpt From Jeanette Winterson’s New Memoir
March 7, 2012
He pulled up the leg of his pyjamas to exhibit the strapped knife.Victory
He was wearing a suit of pyjamas not nearly big enough for him.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
There was a suit of pyjamas of Hamilton's which had a stripe very near, but not quite.Bones
Clothed in his pyjamas he opened the door between the rooms.Five Tales
“We must have plenty, and flannels and pyjamas,” said Sir John.Jack at Sea
George Manville Fenn
- 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
- the US spelling of pyjamas
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.