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pajama

[ puh-jah-muh, -jam-uh ]
/ pəˈdʒɑ mə, -ˈdʒæm ə /
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adjective
of, relating to, or resembling pajamas: a pajama top; a lounging outfit with pajama pants.
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Origin of pajama

see origin at pajamas
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What does pajama mean?

The word pajama, without an s, is used as a modifier in terms involving pajamas—the clothes you wear to sleep in.

It’s used in terms like pajama pants, pajama top, and pajama party.

It is typically spelled as pyjama by speakers of British English (who use the spelling pyjamas for the noun).

You could say that whatever clothes you change into before going to bed are your pajamas. Traditionally, though, pajamas are specifically made and sold as clothes for sleeping in, typically consisting of soft, loose-fitting pants or shorts and a (sometimes matching) top. There are many different types and styles, such as nightgowns. Clothes considered pajamas aren’t only worn for sleeping—many people wear them as loungewear.

The word pajamas is commonly and informally abbreviated as p.j.’s, and the term p.j. can be used as an informal replacement of pajama, as in p.j. pants. The word jammies is an even more informal word for pajamas, and the word jammie can replace pajama in the same way, as in jammie pants.

Example: I have a lot of pajama bottoms that I wear around the house, but I never sleep in them.

Where does pajama come from?

The first records of the words pajama and pyjama as modifiers come from the early 1900s. The words pajamas and pyjamas are recorded earlier, in the 1800s. They come from the Hindi pāyjāma, from the Persian pāy, meaning “leg,” and jāma, meaning “garment.”

Originally, the word pajamas referred to loose-fitting pants worn in parts of Asia, usually made of silk or cotton. It then came to refer to a style of women’s pants, especially ones flared at the bottom, worn as leisurewear. Eventually, the word’s association with loose-fitting clothing resulted in its use as a term for sleepwear.

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How is pajama used in real life?

The word pajama is most commonly used in terms referring to articles of clothing worn as pajamas.

 

 

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I usually just use old T-shirts as pajama tops.

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