Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Clothes for wearing to bed and sleeping in, usually consisting of a loose-fitting shirt and pants/trousers.
  • n. Loose-fitting trousers worn by both sexes in various southern Asian countries including India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Originally, in India, loose drawers or trousers, such as those worn, tied about the waist, by Mohammedan men and women; by extension, a similar garment adopted among Europeans, Americans, etc., for wear in the dressing room and during sleep; also, a suit consisting of drawers and a loose upper garment for such wear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Loose drawers or trousers, usually of silk or silk and cotton, tied round the waist with a cord, used by both sexes in India, and adopted from the Mohammedans by Europeans as a chamber garment.

Etymologies

From the Persian پايجامه (pây-jâma, "leg garment") via Urdu/Hindi पैजामा. (Wiktionary)

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  • Hmmmm, maybe I should have read that sentence before I posted it...

    September 26, 2009

  • That's an excellent sentence.

    September 24, 2009

  • "Shazama pajama! Shazama pajama" said Little Nemo while wielding King Morpheus' royal sceptre!

    September 24, 2009

  • Have they been hemmed?

    August 31, 2009

  • from Urdu/Hindi paajaama, from Persian p�?ë (p�?ÿ) j�?mah, from pAy (="leg") + jAma (="garment"). of, pertaining to, or resembling pajamas: a pajama top; a lounging outfit with pajama pants

    August 31, 2009

  • See this map for American pronunciation.

    April 10, 2008

  • Ah, prepositional attachment humor, good stuff.

    December 25, 2007

  • "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know."
    - Groucho Marx.

    December 24, 2007