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.
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.
Pajamas are sleepwear consisting of loose-fitting trousers and shirt. The word was a Hindi/Persian term for leg garments and entered the English language during the English colonization of India. Pajamas are commonly made of cotton, light weifht collon suring the summer and flannel during the winter. Expensive adukt garmenrs may be made of silk. Until pajamas became commonly worn in the 1920s, both men and boys commonly slept in night gown or dresses. Several special styles of pajamas have been developed for children, including ski and footed pajamas. Short pants or shorty pajamas are common in the summer and are worn by both men and boys.