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

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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 Anderson has come mighty far since the rubber collars and paisley prints of his very first womenswear collection. Georgia Murray,, "JW Anderson Drew The Coolest Crowd Of London Fashion Week So Far," 19 Feb. 2020 To match her refined take on the aesthetic, Glenn did the ’70s in his own way too, wearing an oversize paisley shirt with skinny black jeans and sleek ankle boots. Vogue, "Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn Continue Their Groovy Couples Style," 2 Aug. 2019 Rather than straight rows of plants, it will be designed using a paisley pattern made up of four repetitions with the same plants in each plot. USA TODAY, "Puppy sleepovers, paisley-patterned botanic garden: News from around our 50 states," 19 Dec. 2019 For nearly four decades, the company has unabashedly embraced the paisley print even as other retailers rushed to stock more Millennial-friendly items. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Vera Bradley wants to make paisley cool again," 14 Jan. 2020 Oriana Koren for The New York Times One sunny Wednesday in February, a gangly man in a sports jacket and a partly unbuttoned paisley shirt walked into the Los Angeles field office of the F.B.I. David Enrich, New York Times, "Me and My Whistle-Blower," 1 Oct. 2019 Dressed up for his big TV moment in a turquoise paisley shirt, marigold vest and dapper cranberry suit (admittedly a marvelous feat of costume design, courtesy of Mark Bridges), Arthur struts down an outdoor stairway like a rock-’n’-roll hero. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Problem With Joker Isn't Its Brutal Violence. It's the Muddled Message It Sends About Our Times," 2 Oct. 2019 Mixing it up with some prints, the collection also paired masculine Prince of Wales jackets with feminine paisley dresses, and a silky polka-dot series had a tromp-l’oeil catch-me-if-you-can effect. Colleen Barry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fendi lets sun shine on post-Lagerfeld era, glancing back," 19 Sep. 2019 The One Directioner looked sharp in a white jacket, with his purple paisley guitar strap contrasting nicely. Gab Ginsberg, Billboard, "Niall Horan Rocks Out For 'Nice to Meet Ya' Performance at 2019 MTV EMAs: Watch," 3 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of paisley


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paisley


Paisley, Scotland

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The first known use of paisley was in 1790

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6 Mar 2020

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“Paisley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of paisley

: covered in a pattern made up of colorful curved shapes

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