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pajamas

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noun plural pa·ja·mas \-məz\

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. 1 :  loose lightweight trousers formerly much worn in the Near East

  2. 2 :  a loose usually two-piece lightweight suit designed especially for sleeping or lounging —called also pj's

Origin of pajamas

plural of pajama


First Known Use: 1800


PAJAMAS Defined for Kids

pajamas

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noun plural pa·ja·mas \pə-ˈjä-məz, -ˈja-\

Definition of pajamas

  1. :  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 -, “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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