plural noun
pa·​ja·​mas | \ pə-ˈjä-məz How to pronounce pajamas (audio) , -ˈja- \

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

Examples of pajamas in a Sentence

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First Known Use of pajamas

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pajamas

plural of pajama

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The first known use of pajamas was in 1801

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“Pajamas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


noun plural
pa·​ja·​mas | \ pə-ˈjä-məz How to pronounce pajamas (audio) , -ˈja- \

Kids Definition of pajamas

: clothes usually consisting of pants and top that are worn for sleeping


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