Pajamas vs. Pyjamas - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Pajamas

    Pajamas (US) or pyjamas (UK) (), often shortened to PJs or jammies, can refer to several related types of clothing originating from the Indian subcontinent. In the Western world, pajamas are loose-fitting garments derived from the original garment and worn chiefly for sleeping, but sometimes also for lounging, also by both sexes. More generally, pajamas may refer to several garments, for both daywear and nightwear, derived from traditional pajamas and involving variations of style and material. The word pyjama was borrowed c. 1800 from the Hindustani pāy-jāma (پاجامہ‎ पाजामा), itself borrowed from Persian pāy-jāmeh پايجامه‎ lit. 'leg-garment'. The original pyjāmā are loose, lightweight trousers fitted with drawstring waistbands worn by many Indian Muslims, as well as many Sikhs and Hindus, and later adopted by Europeans during British East India Company rule in India.

Wiktionary

  • Pajamas (noun)

    Clothes for wearing to bed and sleeping in, usually consisting of a loose-fitting shirt and pants/trousers.

  • Pajamas (noun)

    Loose-fitting trousers worn by both sexes in various southern Asian countries including India.

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    standard spelling of pajamas|from=British spellingclothes for sleeping in.

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    standard spelling of pajamas|from=British spellingloose trousers worn by men and women in the Far East.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    a loose-fitting jacket and trousers for sleeping in

    "a pair of pyjamas"

    "pyjama trousers"

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    any clothing suitable for wearing in bed

    "a picture of a baby in one-piece pyjamas"

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    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"

Webster Dictionary

  • Pajamas

    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.

  • Pyjamas

    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 drawers and blouse for such wear.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Pajamas (noun)

    loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging; have a jacket top and trousers

  • Pajamas (noun)

    lightweight trousers worn in various Eastern countries

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    lightweight trousers worn in various Eastern countries

  • Pyjamas (noun)

    loose-fitting nightclothes worn for sleeping or lounging; have a jacket top and trousers

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