Watered-down Definitions for Wednesday: Pajamas

We all know what pajamas are. It’s likely you received some as a gift this past Christmas, or two, three years ago. No? Just me? Okay.

A few nights ago, I was tossing the word, pajamas around (like most folks do at sundown), and I began to wonder if any other languages were associated with it. I found that pajamas originated with the loose pants worn by people in some corners of the East. Apparently, its origins lie in the Persian paejamah (“pae” for leg and “jamah” for clothing).

Pajamas are so much cozier with etymology, yes?

Pajamas. (n.d.). Dictionary.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://dictionary.reference.com/help/faq/language/e25.html

Pajamas. (n.d.). Etymonline.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pajamas

Pajamas. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pajamas

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