pajamas

plural noun pa·ja·mas \ pə-ˈjä-məz , -ˈja- \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

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

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Origin and Etymology of pajamas

plural of pajama


PAJAMAS Defined for English Language Learners

pajamas

Definition of pajamas for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PAJAMAS Defined for Kids

pajamas

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

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 -, “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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