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

Examples of pajamas in a Sentence

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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

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“Pajamas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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

from Hindi pājāma "loose lightweight trousers," from Persian "leg" and Persian jāma "garment"

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