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

Recent Examples on the Web Potter, 52, a family medicine physician at the Wingra Family Medical Center (run by the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Access Community Health Centers), was found in pajamas. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Mother of Suspect in Murders of Wisc. Doc and Husband in College Arboretum: ‘This is a Nightmare’," 5 Aug. 2020 Stock up on the comfiest loungewear sets, pajamas, slippers, and even Zoom-ready hair accessories. Sarah Han, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals to Shop During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 5 Aug. 2020 Bed time will be a lot easier when your kids have something to look forward to—like a pair of ultra cozy pajamas from PJ Salvage. Samantha Matt, USA TODAY, "The 100 best deals from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on clothes, shoes, and more," 4 Aug. 2020 The boy was dressed in red pajamas and was wearing black socks. CBS News, "Detective reveals how remains of Idaho children were found on stepfather's property," 4 Aug. 2020 The boy was dressed in red pajamas and was wearing black socks. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Preliminary hearing for Chad Daybell debates evidence for a trial," 3 Aug. 2020 In the video clip, Lauren is seen in her pajamas trying (a bit unsuccessfully) to open a bottle of champagne for a batch of birthday mimosas. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Thomas Rhett's Wife Tried to Pop Champagne for His 30th Birthday and It Went So Wrong," 30 Mar. 2020 With some help from Brown counting out each step, the family, all dressed in their Christmas pajamas, managed to pull off the routine and the result will surely put a smile on your face. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Winner Hannah Brown Taught Her Family A Christmas Dance Routine," 27 Dec. 2019 The pajamas are available in two different styles (high-low hem or side-slit) and both feature a subtle v-neck with pretty ruching on the front and back. Amina Lake Abdelrahman,, "This Lightweight Nightgown Is So Comfortable, Amazon Shoppers Are Throwing Away Their Other PJs," 9 July 2020

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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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9 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pajamas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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