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(pə-jä′mə, -jăm′ə)
n. often pajamas
1. A garment, usually consisting of loose-fitting pants and a shirt or top, worn for sleeping or lounging.
2. A pair of loose-fitting pants worn in South and Southeast Asia by men and women.

[Hindi pāyjāmā, pājāmā and Urdu pāyjāma, pājāma, loose-fitting trousers, from Persian pāyjāma, pājāma : pāy, , foot, leg (from Middle Persian pāy, foot; see ped- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots) + jāma, garment (from Middle Persian ǰāmag; akin to Greek zōma, loincloth, girdle, and Lithuanian juosti, to gird).]
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pl n
(Clothing & Fashion) the US spelling of pyjamas
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(pəˈdʒɑ məz, -ˈdʒæm əz)

n. (used with a pl. v.)
1. nightclothes consisting of loose-fitting trousers and a jacket.
2. loose trousers of silk, cotton, etc., orig. worn in India and parts of the Middle East.
Also, esp. Brit., pyjamas.
[1870–75; pl. of pajama < Hindi, variant of pāyjāma < Persian pāy leg + jāma garment]
pa•ja′maed, adj.
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(American) pajamas (pəˈdʒaːməz) noun plural
a suit for sleeping, consisting of trousers and a jacket. two pairs of pyjamas.
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