Definition of pyjamas in English:


(US pajamas)

plural noun

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

    ‘a pair of pyjamas’
    ‘pyjama trousers’
    • ‘Other highlights include PVC dresses, lace dresses, gold pyjama trousers and chiffon tops.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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 saw she was wearing a pair of pyjama trousers and a pyjama t-shirt.’
    • ‘He finished toweling himself dry and pulled on the pajama bottoms that Dawn gave him the first night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Personally I think the jackets look like pyjama coats, but they are not my cuppa.’
    • ‘Beth hastily pulled on her nightdress, while Louis frantically rummaged around for his pyjama trousers.’
    • ‘I stripped off my dress and pulled on a pair of pyjama bottoms and a vest, before climbing into bed.’
    • ‘His pajama trousers are simple black sweats that are a little long even on him; he's standing on the bottoms.’
    • ‘He'd already knelt down next to Jake, rolled his pyjama trousers up and put an ice pack over his knee.’
    • ‘Slowly he undid his pyjama jacket and dropped his pyjama trousers down around his ankles.’
    • ‘Out of the dryer, he pulled out a pair of boxers and pajama bottoms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I washed up, brushed my teeth, pulled on my pajama bottoms despite the warm breeze trickling through my open window.’
    1. 1.1 Any clothing suitable for wearing in bed.
      ‘a picture of a baby in one-piece pyjamas’
    2. 1.2pyjamain singular A pair of loose trousers tied by a drawstring around the waist, worn by both sexes in some Asian countries.
      ‘he was attired in an off-white kurta, white pyjama, and red waistcoat’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I put everything except for a pair of the pyjamas and the underwear into my closet.’
      • ‘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.’


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