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

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Pauline, an early riser, wearing a robe over tomboy pajamas, would show up at the couple’s room early every morning and even crawled into bed with them. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Shame on you Peter Alexander for removing the ‘Boys will be boys’ [pajamas]. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Clothing company Peter Alexander Sleepwear faces backlash after pulling 'Boys Will Be Boys' shirt," 28 June 2018 Put your kiddos into their favorite footie pajamas, pack their plush pals and head to 5310 W. Layton Ave. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Flea market fills Products Pavilion at State Fair Park in West Allis April 21-22," 16 Apr. 2018 Buy yourself the most comfortable flanel pajamas that can be delivered right to your door. Joe Tamborello, Indianapolis Star, "A former Wisconsinite's guide to surviving cold weather," 4 Jan. 2018 Memories of chilly nights spent clutching hot chocolate, swathed in our holiday pajamas, were fading quickly. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Hallmark Channel in 2018," 2 Feb. 2018 In 2016, a Hawaiian Gardens hospital agreed to pay $450,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the city for sending a homeless woman to skid row with no identification and wearing only paper pajamas. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "‘It was a scary thing.’ Hospital dumps senior at homeless shelter. He’s not the first," 8 Jan. 2018 Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel will MC this year's awards and even read the nominees in his pajamas with actress Kerry Washington. Chanel Parks, Woman's Day, "2012 Emmy Nominations Revealed," 19 July 2012 Ariel Winter had a very cozy Christmas, donning onesie fleece pajamas while opening gifts with boyfriend Levi Meaden and her family (including dad Glenn Workman and sister Shannelle Gray). Dave Quinn,, "Ariel Winter Trades in Christmas Pajamas for a Sexy Little Black Dress," 27 Dec. 2017

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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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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, -ˈja-\

Kids Definition of pajamas

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

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