Simple Definition of pajamas
: clothing that people wear in bed or while relaxing at home
: loose pants that are worn in some parts of Asia and the Middle East
Full Definition of pajamas
1 : loose lightweight trousers formerly much worn in the Near East
2 : a loose usually two-piece lightweight suit designed especially for sleeping or lounging —called also pj's
Origin and Etymology of pajamas
plural of pajama
First Known Use: 1800
PAJAMAS Defined for Kids
Definition of pajamas for Students
: clothes usually consisting of pants and top that are worn for sleeping
History for pajamas
When the English went to India they saw many people wearing light, loose trousers. In Hindi, a major language of northern India, these trousers were called pājāma. This word had been borrowed by Hindi speakers from Persian, a language of Iran. In Persian pājāma is a compound made up of pā-, “foot, leg” and jāma, “garment.” The English adopted both the word and the loose trousers from Hindi, using the trousers in place of a nightshirt to sleep in.
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