noun (used with a plural verb)
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Origin of pajamas
OTHER WORDS FROM pajamaspa·ja·maed, adjective
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What does pajamas mean?
Pajamas are the clothes you wear to sleep in.
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. However, there are many different types and styles, such as nightgowns.
Clothes considered pajamas aren’t only worn for sleeping, though. For example, a person might drive to get a cup of coffee in the morning while still wearing their pajamas, or a college student might wake up and attend class in their pajamas. People also commonly use the terms p.j.’s and pajamas to refer to the clothes they wear to lounge in (also called loungewear), especially before bed (even if they then change into another set of pajamas to sleep in).
Even more informal terms for pajamas are jammies, jams, and jam-jams. These are typically used by children, adults speaking to children, or people using childish words to be silly. The word sleepwear is sometimes used as a more formal synonym for pajamas, especially in the name of a department in a clothing store or a section of a clothing website. More formal terms, like nightclothes and nightwear, are rarely used.
The word pajama, without an s, is used as a modifier in terms involving pajamas, such as pajama pants.
Example: When I get home tonight, I’m changing into my most comfortable pajamas, snuggling under the covers, and watching a movie.
Where does pajamas come from?
The first records of the words pajamas and pyjamas come from the 1800s. They come from the Hindi pāyjāma, from the Persian pāy, meaning “leg,” and jāma, meaning “garment.” The use of p.j.’s as an abbreviation of pajamas started to become widespread in the first half of the 1900s.
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 pajamas used in real life?
The term pajamas is the most common way to refer to the clothes you sleep in. Pajamas are known for being comfortable, so some people like to wear them as much as possible, while others frown upon them being worn outside the house. The abbreviation p.j.’s is informal but very commonly used.
If I've been in pajamas all day do I need to change into pajamas before bed?
— Moon 🇲🇽🇺🇸 (@moongrl29) August 11, 2019
It’s like 3pm and I’m already wondering if I can change into my pajamas.
— Kelly deVos (@KdeVosAuthor) August 12, 2020
Wife said we're going to a casual dinner with friends and everyone is chilling and wearing pajamas. "Really?" I asked. "Yes" she affirmed. So I change into my pajamas. We arrive at the house. 30 guests. No pajamas. Awesome.
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) January 12, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for pajamas
The company, which expanded its loungewear, pajamas and underwear lines during the pandemic, has doubled down on bold florals, bright colors and whimsical patterns to appeal to consumers who are ready to make a statement.
The married Texas Republican was photographed in ducky pajamas next to a lingerie model at a local bar in May 2009.Texas Congressman Sued Over "Wet Dreams" About Former Staffer|Ben Jacobs|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Oh let them in, Olga,” they suddenly heard the voice of Havel, who climbed out of bed in his pajamas.
He was dressed in traditional Indian white pajamas and dark brown sandals.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More|Gary Wright|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You'd imagined that they could slip into their metal shell as easily as you slipped in and out of your pajamas.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq|Nathan Bradley Bethea|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was lying on a hospital bed, on top of the sheets, and he was wearing beautiful new yellow pajamas.Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death|Patricia Pearson|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In spite of being short, he was broad-shouldered and compact in plain gray evening pajamas.Security|Poul William Anderson
In pajamas and bathrobe, I stalked down the stairs and into the room that had once been a kitchen and now was Greco's laboratory.A Feast of Demons|William Morrison
Oh, yes, and he wants you to send him some new pajamas—only two or three pairs, and you're not to send him mauve ones.Happy House|Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
A sense of expectant fear gripped him as he lifted one of the hands to unbutton his pajamas.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
The officer found Balboa, dressed in a suit of pajamas engaged in superintending the roofing of a house.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady