plural noun

pa·​ja·​mas pə-ˈjä-məz How to pronounce pajamas (audio)
: loose lightweight trousers formerly much worn in the Near East
: a loose usually two-piece lightweight suit designed especially for sleeping or lounging

called also pj's

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All of our picks will deliver on functionality, but some are better for going into the office or a night on town as opposed to shoveling snow in your pajamas. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 On a bitterly cold evening that November, a young freelance journalist named Roy Plomley was sitting by the fireplace in his pajamas, watching the last embers die out. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 18 Nov. 2022 Others show Jews standing in their pajamas, sometimes with blood on their clothes and bodies. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2022 The gift for anyone who still wants to work in their pajamas, and then casually take a power nap while working from home. Rachel King, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2022 Bang recalls watching the original show in his pajamas on the night of Dec. 9, 1965. Jon Burlingame, Variety, 7 Nov. 2022 For people who enjoy a quiet environment or working in their pajamas, this is great news, but how can this work for a startup that has yet to solidify a work culture? Max Firsau, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Ephron first met Parker as a child, in her pajamas, at her screenwriter parents’ schmoozy Hollywood parties. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2022 Some brought babies or small children still in their Spiderman pajamas. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History


plural of pajama

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pajamas was in 1801

Dictionary Entries Near pajamas

Cite this Entry

“Pajamas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


noun plural

pa·​ja·​mas pə-ˈjäm-əz How to pronounce pajamas (audio)
: a loose lightweight usually two-piece garment worn for sleeping or lounging
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