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Which is the correct word: pajama, pyjama or paijama? Is there a difference between these three?

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Pajama is the American spelling while pyjama is the British spelling. Both mean the same.

Pajama/Pyjama: loose-fitting clothes worn for sleep

Paijama is the word from which pajama/pyjama has been derived. Also, the meaning (of pajama/pyjama) has been altered a bit.

Paijama: loose, lightweight trousers fitted with drawstring waistbands

Pajama/Pyjama was incorporated into the English language during the British Rule in India.

(Bonus: Most people in India call it either "paijama" or "pajama")

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