[puh-jah-muh z, -jam-uh z]

noun (used with a plural verb) Chiefly British.

Nearby words

  1. pygmy possum,
  2. pygostyle,
  3. pyin,
  4. pyinkado,
  5. pyjama,
  6. pyknic,
  7. pykno-,
  8. pyknodysostosis,
  9. pyknomorphous,
  10. pyknosis


[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

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British Dictionary definitions for pyjamas


US pajamas

pl n

loose-fitting nightclothes comprising a jacket or top and trousers
full loose-fitting ankle-length trousers worn by either sex in various Eastern countries
women's flared trousers or trouser suit used esp for leisure wear

Word Origin for pyjamas

C19: from Hindi, from Persian pāi leg + jāmah clothing, garment


pl n

the US spelling of pyjamas
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