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According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, "They were introduced in England as lounging attire in the 17th century but soon went out of fashion. About 1870 they reappeared in the Western world as sleeping attire for men, after returning British colonials brought (them) back ...."


Pajamas are usually loose fitting and designed for comfort, using softer materials such as cotton or the more luxurious silk or satin. Synthetic materials such as polyester and Lycra are also available. They are often worn with bare feet but sometimes with socks (especially in northern areas).

Designs and Patterns

Pajamas often contain visual references to a thing that may hold some special appeal to the wearer. Images of sports, animals, balloons, polka dots and other things may all be used to decorate them. Pajamas may also be found in plainer designs, such as plaid or plain gray, but when worn in public, they are usually designed in such a way that makes their identity unambiguous.


Pajamas are often worn as comfort wear even when not in bed, and are also sometimes worn as a fashion statement. In North America, some people (mainly young females) have started to wear pajama pants in public as fashion. In China, it is not unusual in the late afternoon or evening, to have adults wear their pajamas in public around their local neighborhood.

References to Pajamas in Popular Culture

The Pajama Game was a Broadway musical and film highlighting workers at a pajama factory.
Pajamas played a prominent role on a popular kids television show known as Bananas in Pyjamas. The show detailed the adventures of two bananas while wearing their pajamas.
Pajamas Media is an online advertising and publishing company created by bloggers Roger L. Simon and Charles Johnson. The term derives from CNN president Jonathan Klein's 2004 dismissal of bloggers as "a guy sitting in his living room in his pajamas.".


jimjams in Czech: Pyžamo
jimjams in Danish: Pyjamas
jimjams in German: Pyjama
jimjams in Estonian: Pidžaama
jimjams in Spanish: Pijama
jimjams in Esperanto: Piĵamo
jimjams in Persian: پیژامه
jimjams in French: Pyjama
jimjams in Hindi: पजामा
jimjams in Indonesian: Piyama
jimjams in Hebrew: פיג'מה
jimjams in Latin: Paiama
jimjams in Dutch: Pyjama
jimjams in Japanese: パジャマ
jimjams in Polish: Piżama
jimjams in Portuguese: Pijama
jimjams in Simple English: Pajamas
jimjams in Finnish: Pyjama
jimjams in Swedish: Pyjamas

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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