Definition of pyjamas in English:


(US pajamas)

plural noun

  • 1A loose-fitting jacket and trousers for sleeping in.

    ‘a pair of pyjamas’
    ‘pyjama trousers’
    • ‘I washed up, brushed my teeth, pulled on my pajama bottoms despite the warm breeze trickling through my open window.’
    • ‘He finished toweling himself dry and pulled on the pajama bottoms that Dawn gave him the first night.’
    • ‘Nobody's strolling by with trunks full of smoking jackets and silk pyjamas!’
    • ‘Walking to the bed I grabbed a pair of blue plaid pajama bottoms, slipped them on then pulled a white t-shirt over my head.’
    • ‘She pulled on her pajama bottoms, and then her top, went to her bed, got in under the sheets and pulled them up over herself.’
    • ‘Other highlights include PVC dresses, lace dresses, gold pyjama trousers and chiffon tops.’
    • ‘Out of the dryer, he pulled out a pair of boxers and pajama bottoms.’
    • ‘His pajama trousers are simple black sweats that are a little long even on him; he's standing on the bottoms.’
    • ‘Beth hastily pulled on her nightdress, while Louis frantically rummaged around for his pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘Personally I think the jackets look like pyjama coats, but they are not my cuppa.’
    • ‘Slowly he undid his pyjama jacket and dropped his pyjama trousers down around his ankles.’
    • ‘He'd already knelt down next to Jake, rolled his pyjama trousers up and put an ice pack over his knee.’
    • ‘She saw she was wearing a pair of pyjama trousers and a pyjama t-shirt.’
    • ‘I stripped off my dress and pulled on a pair of pyjama bottoms and a vest, before climbing into bed.’
    • ‘He shed his pajama bottoms and pulled on a pair of pants over his boxers.’
    • ‘Six months before, Lord Elgin had allowed me to try on James Bruce's scarlet pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘It's now been several weeks since I've had to lock him in his room for failing to put a crease in my pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘He looked at her in her cow print pajama bottoms and sweat jacket.’
    • ‘He was lying on his back, wearing only his blue pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘He said that he had not dressed properly but had been wearing slippers, trousers, a vest and pyjama jacket about the house.’
    1. 1.1A pair of loose trousers tied by a drawstring around the waist, worn by both sexes in some Asian countries.
      • ‘At the Indian counter, a combination of kurta pyjamas with and without jackets is available.’
      • ‘Both men and women also wear a kurta, a long tunic-like shirt, and pyjamas, loose baggy trousers.’
      • ‘Dressed now in a pair of Capri pajamas and a tank top she went back to the stove and put the noodles in the water.’
      • ‘I put everything except for a pair of the pyjamas and the underwear into my closet.’
      • ‘A draw-string allowed the pyjamas to comfortably embrace a great girth, and also to drop at a moments notice.’
      • ‘Variants of trousers like pajamas and shalwar were worn in the northern plains of Indo-Iran.’


Early 19th century: from Urdu and Persian, from pāy leg + jāma clothing.