adjective, often capitalized
pais·​ley | \ ˈpāz-lē How to pronounce paisley (audio) \

Definition of paisley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : made typically of soft wool and woven or printed with colorful curved abstract figures
2 : marked by designs, patterns, or figures typically used in paisley fabrics a paisley print


geographical name
Pais·​ley | \ ˈpāz-lē How to pronounce Paisley (audio) \

Definition of Paisley (Entry 2 of 2)

burgh in southwestern Scotland west of Glasgow population 77,000

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from paisley


paisley noun

Examples of paisley in a Sentence

Adjective The wallpaper is a paisley print.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The rest of Hadid's outfit exuded her typical neo-bohemian street style, including a lime-green knit beanie, a gray cardigan with floral and paisley prints, two-toned gray jeans, and chunky black boots. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Wears Baby Khai's Name on a Gold-Plated Necklace During Milan Fashion Week," 2 Mar. 2021 Givenchy’s version came in floral and paisley prints with a price tag of $995. Nick Kostov, WSJ, "Birkenstock, Once a Fashion Faux Pas, Snapped Up by LVMH’s Arnault," 26 Feb. 2021 Its playful paisley pattern makes routine blazers sing. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "Did Catherine Deneuve Design the Ultimate Zoom Shirt?," 14 Dec. 2020 The familiar paisley pattern imitated Kashmir shawls. Laura Hilgers, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Global History of the Bandana," 22 Oct. 2020 Cardi herself recently wore an artistic style in pink, which was painted in a paisley print to match her dress. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Cardi B Gifted Megan Thee Stallion a Personalized, Over-the-Top Birkin Bag," 18 Aug. 2020 One pack features masks with bright, floral patterns that tie back to Tory Burch’s summer collection, while the other comes with paisley prints that remind us of fall. Alex Warner,, "Tory Burch’s Face Masks Sold Out in Under an Hour — but They’re Now Available for Pre-Order," 18 Aug. 2020 And Rodney does go, and then goes faster, because the older man with the baseball bat has surprising speed, his paisley robe fluttering like a vampire’s cape. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Cicadia," 17 Aug. 2020 Sharing several new photos on social media, Kim wore an all-red outfit, which included paisley pants and a matching handbag. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "North and Saint West Photobomb Kim Kardashian as She Shows Off Her Bright Red Hair," 5 July 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paisley.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of paisley


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paisley


Paisley, Scotland

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about paisley

Time Traveler for paisley

Time Traveler

The first known use of paisley was in 1790

See more words from the same year

Statistics for paisley

Last Updated

17 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Paisley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for paisley



English Language Learners Definition of paisley

: covered in a pattern made up of colorful curved shapes

More from Merriam-Webster on paisley

Nglish: Translation of paisley for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about paisley

Comments on paisley

What made you want to look up paisley? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!