Definition of pajamas in English:


Syllabification: pa·ja·mas
Pronunciation: /pəˈjäməz, -ˈjaməz
(British pyjamas)


  • 1A suit of loose pants and jacket or shirt for sleeping in: a pair of pajamas (as modifier pajama) pajama bottoms
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    • 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.
    PJs, jammies, sleeper; nightgown
  • 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.
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    • 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
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  • I was pretty proud of myself until I somehow poured my entire cup into my pajamaed lap.
  • That's the kind of week it's been, a pajamaed week; a week spent, for the most part, inside the flannel-lined cocoon that is my home.
  • 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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