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peijammahs, pie-, pyjamahs. [a. Pers. and
(p˙) jmah, f. Pers. pë,
p˙ foot, leg + jmah clothing, garment. In Persian, a n. singular; in Eng.
made plural with -s, after breeches, drawers,
trousers, etc. pyjamas is now standard in the U.K., pajamas
in the U.S.]
a. Loose drawers or trousers, usually of silk
or cotton, tied round the waist, worn by both sexes in Turkey, Iran, India,
etc., and adopted by Europeans in those countries, especially for night wear;
hence applied outside Asia (orig. in trade use) to a sleeping suit of loose
trousers and jacket. In extended use, applied to a similar day-time or evening
garment worn by women (see also beach-pyjamas s.v.
n. 4, palazzo pyjamas s.v.
3). Also (occas.) sing., as pyjama.
Asiat. Ann. Reg.
Memorandum relative to Tippoo Sultaun's wardrobe... 3d, pai jamahs, or drawers.
Angler in Wales
In a pair of ‘pigammahs’ and a shirt.
I stripped him of his..peijammahs.
E. E. NAPIER
Scenes & Sports For. Lands
II. v. 156
Equipped in our broad straw hats, shirts, light silk or muslin ‘piejamahs’.
Handbk. Brit. India
He usually undresses, puts on his pajamas (the loose Turkish trouser).
Pyjamahs of red silk trimmed with gold lace.
E. S. BRIDGES
6 Sept. in
Round World in Six Months
(1879) iii. 37,
I relinquished my English chemise de nuit and took to pyjamasbedclothes are not used at this time of year [in Japan].
Girl's Own Paper
23 Oct. 59/1
The pattern for this month..is a combination nightgown, or lady's ‘pyjama’.
They wore the usual short blue silk cloak and loose white pyjamas.
[see sleeping-suit s.v.
vbl. n. 2b].
I'd as lief be seen in my pajamas.
Barker's Spring Catal.
This ideal pyjama is made of a very soft washing cotton.
Boston Even. Transcript
6 Aug. 1
Clad in pajamas and admitting to police that she was returning home from a party,
Mary Callahan, twenty four..was arrested at seven o'clock this morning.
Girls passed him..in summery frocks and pyjamas and shorts.
Pyjamas, blouse or shirt and wide-legged trousers worn for lounging or
for beach wearintroduced by Chanel in the late 1920s.
Pre-school boys' pajamas reduced.
Neiman-Marcus Christmas Bk.
The ambient glow of soft panne velvet for party pajamas.
attrib. and Comb. (in sing. form), as pyjama-clothes,
bottom, the bottom half of a suit of pyjamas,
pyjama trousers; usu. pl.; pyjama case, a bag or other container in which pyjamas
can be kept when not being worn; pyjama party, a party at which those present are
dressed in pyjamas; also pyjama-and-bottle-party.
5 Aug. 15/2
Mention was made of the splendid work of Mrs. X Y for
her *pyjama-and-bottle party.
(1960) i. 10
The..movie actor..had opened the door of the hotel suite wearing only *pyjama
Requiem for Loser
He..stepped out of his pyjama bottoms and began dressing himself.
None of the kids had on a complete outfit of clothes: some were in a pajama topor a bottom.
Thrusting his..paper fleet into his *pyjama case.
W. J. BURLEY
Wycliffe & Schoolgirls
Lying on it [sc. the bed] was a pyjama case in the shape of a dog with
‘Jane’ embroidered across it.
27 Apr. 6/4
The spectacle presented by the learned counsel..and the officials of the court,
arranged in front of the *pyjama-clad judge.
Her slight, straight, pyjama-clad body.
Healthy Way to Die
The pyjama-clad legs dangling inside the silken dressing-gown.
Journey to War
The Cantonese, in their light *pyjama-clothes.
A Punjab Cavalryman in a turban and silk *pyjama coat.
She wore a blue and white striped pyjama coat.
18 Feb. in
Elsie Fenwick in Flanders
He tried to hang himself with his *pyjama cord.
28 July 10/1
Top coats with pyjama cord belts.
Guardian 2 Nov. 7/6 For luscious
evening attire..a *pyjama dress in hot pink and orange.
1 July (1967) 206,
I am more elaborately vested, in a *Pyjama jacket.
Last seen Wearing
The top button of the pyjama jacket already undone.
Tony, by now in what he called his *pyjama-legs, executed a dance of joy.
The water isn't as cold as I figured, but when the bottom of my pajama-leg gets
wet, I get a little nauseous.
Lotus & Robot
Another table in the Mascot's dining-room was occupied by an Egyptian gentleman
in a *pyjama-like attire.
(1958) iv. 38
He was wearing *pajama pants and nothing else.
She pulled down her pyjama pants.
13 Apr. 5/3
A *pyjama party held a couple of days ago at the residence of Mrs. Edwin Avon,
a well-known member of Chicago society.
Nor Many Waters
They'd thought of making a dressing-gown and pyjama party of it, so you can guess
what it'll be like from that.
It sounds as though you'd invited me to a pyjama party.
They had often invited Elizabeth to their pajama parties.
Haeckel's Visit to Ceylon
The rest of our attire consisted of that particularly light and airy white flannel
garment, known throughout India as a *pajama suit.
It has the disadvantage over the pyjama suit of being more difficult to change.
She was..wearing the kind of pyjama suit some women go shopping in [in Malaysia].
Love in Cold Climate
Lady Montdore..in bed..wearing what appeared to be a man's striped *pyjama top
under a feathered wrap.
Last seen Wearing
She..fastened all but the top button of her pyjama top.
To make your *pyjama-trousers look like trunk-hose.
D. C. MINTER
For pyjama trousers cut straight down.
W. J. BURLEY
Wycliffe & Pea-Green Boat
A tall, skinny young man in pyjama trousers.
a., clad in pyjamas. Also pyjama'd.
28 Nov. 18/2
Ten pyjamahed and betowelled unfortunates are standing..outside.
6 Sept. 2/3
A stranger who strolled into (say) the Lord Chief Justice's Court, pyjama-ed and
P. J. the Secret Service Boy
Mr. Davenant sleepily extended a pyjama'd arm.
(1930) xvi. 182,
I..let in Jack Santos, pajamaed, bathrobed, and slippered.
Evening under Lamplight
Pyjama'd figures were clambering..into the shadowy bedroom.
Her pyjama-ed legs.
She knew where he slept... A light went on and..he was there, pyjamaed.