[puh-jah-muh z, -jam-uh z]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pajamas

Contemporary Examples of pajamas

Historical Examples of pajamas

  • Charlie was at the other end of the burden, which appeared to be a middle-aged man in pajamas.

    Dream Town

    Henry Slesar

  • He sat up, rubbing his eyes and fumbling with the cordings of his pajamas.

    The Plunderer

    Roy Norton

  • Reader, have you ever purchased a pair of pajamas in London?

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • "The pajamas look clean, anyway," he continued as he viewed them.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour

  • He went away, to reappear a quarter of an hour later, this time in his pajamas.

    The Man Who Knew

    Edgar Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for pajamas


pl n

the US spelling of pyjamas
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pajamas

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper