pajamas

[ 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, py·jam·as.

Origin of pajamas

1870–75; plural of pajama < Hindi, variant of pāyjāma < Persian pāy leg + jāma garment
Related formspa·ja·maed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pajamas

pajamas

/ (pəˈdʒɑːməz) /

pl n

the US spelling of pyjamas
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Word Origin and History for pajamas

pajamas


n.

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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