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pajamas Syllabification: pa·ja·mas
Pronunciation: /pəˈjäməz/
(British pyjamas)

Definition of pajamas in English:

plural noun

1A suit of loose pants and jacket or shirt for sleeping in: a pair of pajamas (as modifier pajama) pajama bottoms
More example sentences
  • Slowly he undid his pyjama jacket and dropped his pyjama trousers down around his ankles.
  • Other highlights include PVC dresses, lace dresses, gold pyjama trousers and chiffon tops.
  • He said that he had not dressed properly but had been wearing slippers, trousers, a vest and pyjama jacket about the house.
1.1 [in singular] (pajama) A pair of loose pants tied by a drawstring around the waist, worn by both sexes in some Asian countries.
Example sentences
  • Both men and women also wear a kurta, a long tunic-like shirt, and pyjamas, loose baggy trousers.
  • A draw-string allowed the pyjamas to comfortably embrace a great girth, and also to drop at a moments notice.
  • Variants of trousers like pajamas and shalwar were worn in the northern plains of Indo-Iran.


Pronunciation: /pəˈjäməd/ /-ˈjaməd/
(British pyjamaed) adjective
Example sentences
  • Sometimes you wake and see them stumbling sleepily towards you, eyes hardly open, pyjamaed arms held out in front to guide them.
  • He stood now surveying his pyjamaed and unshaven self with extreme disfavour.
  • When I was out for an early walk this morning I noticed a pyjamaed man trying to retrieve the paper that had landed high in a bush and it made me recall the joy of having paperboys many years ago.


Early 19th century: from Urdu and Persian, from pāy 'leg' + jāma 'clothing'.

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