pajamas


pajamas
pajamas (n.) 1800, pai jamahs "loose trousers tied at the waist," worn by Muslims in India and adopted by Europeans there, especially for nightwear, from Hindi pajama, probably from Pers. paejamah, lit. "leg clothing," from pae "leg" (from PIE *ped- "foot," see FOOT (Cf. foot)) + jamah "clothing." Modern spelling (U.S.) is from 1845. British spelling tends toward pyjamas.

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  • Pajamas — Pa*ja mas, n. pl. [Hind. p[=a] j[=a]ma, p[=a]ej[=a]ma, lit., leg closing.] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pajamas — see pyjamas …   Modern English usage

  • pajamas — [n] sleeping clothes jamas*, jammies*, jams*, loungewear, lounging robe, nightdress, nightie*, nightshirt, nightwear, PJ’s*, sleeper, sleeping suit; concept 451 …   New thesaurus

  • pajamas — (Brit. pyjamas) ► PLURAL NOUN 1) a suit of loose trousers and jacket for sleeping in. 2) loose trousers with a drawstring waist, worn by both sexes in some Asian countries. ORIGIN from the Persian words for leg + clothing …   English terms dictionary

  • pajamas — [pə jä′məz, pəjam′əz] pl.n. [Hindi pājāma < Pers pāi, a leg (< IE * ped ,FOOT) + jāma, garment] 1. a pair of loose silk or cotton trousers worn originally in the Near East 2. a loosely fitting sleeping or lounging suit consisting of top and …   English World dictionary

  • Pajamas — Pyjama redirects here. For other meanings of pyjama or pajama or similar see Pajamas (disambiguation). Pajamas, also spelled pyjamas (see also spelling differences), can refer to several related types of clothing. The original paijama are loose,… …   Wikipedia

  • pajamas — pajamaed, adj. /peuh jah meuhz, jam euhz/, n. (used with a plural v.) 1. night clothes consisting of loose fitting trousers and jacket. 2. loose fitting trousers, usually of silk or cotton, worn by both sexes in the Orient. Also, esp. Brit.,… …   Universalium

  • pajamas — See: CAT S MEOW or CAT S PAJAMAS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pajamas — See: CAT S MEOW or CAT S PAJAMAS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Pajamas — Pyjamas Py*ja mas, or, chiefly U. S., Pajamas Pa*ja mas, n. pl. A garment, similar to the Oriental {pyjama} (which see), adopted among Europeans, Americans, and other Occidentals, for wear in the dressing room and during sleep; also, a suit of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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