[ puh-jah-muh, -jam-uh ]


  1. of, relating to, or resembling pajamas:

    a pajama top; a lounging outfit with pajama pants.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pajama1

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Example Sentences

For their evening Zoom date, Armen “frantically cleaned” his house in Silver Spring and put on a button-down and pajama pants — but changed into jeans at the last minute in case he had to stand up, which eventually he did.

I’m at home on my couch in my pajamas, staring at my computer for 18 hours a day.

From Vox

Luckily, fixing up your privacy and security online is a simple goal that you can achieve without having to change out of your pajamas or venture into the real world.

Some were asleep, rushed out in pajamas and underwear, without provisions to deal with the 20-degree weather.

There’s a world in which it’s very easy to imagine attending it virtually in your pajamas, or while you’re at your desk.

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Wearing pink pajama trousers, a blue T-shirt and purple sandals, she holds a cup of water for her youngest child to sip from.

He took a small metal cylinder from his pajama pocket and picked up the guitar.

They wore no bras under their easy, loose dresses and pajama-like pants.

They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.

It could be seen on the pajama trousers embroidered in crystals, paillettes, and glass beads.

Bearing on him with all his weight, he loosed his own pajama-cord and tied the man's hands behind him.

The little pajama'd figure sitting on the edge of the bed favored her friend with a cold stare.

Its fingers seared through the lamb's-wool that cloaked them—through the silken mesh of his pajama coat beneath.

Well, began the other reflectively, holding his pajama jacket together with one hand and rubbing a touseled head with the other.

He read it three times, until he knew it by heart, and he slept with it in the pocket of his pajama coat.


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More About Pajama

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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Is pajama used correctly in the following sentence?

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




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