adjective, often capitalized
pais·​ley | \ˈpāz-lē \

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 \

Definition of Paisley (Entry 2 of 2)

burgh in southwestern Scotland west of Glasgow population 77,000

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paisley noun

Examples of paisley in a Sentence


The wallpaper is a paisley print.

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Her chiffon frock, by Claudie Pierlot, featured a tiny paisley print and a pleated skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa and Kate Middleton Had a Twinning Maternity Style Moment Three Years Apart," 8 Oct. 2018 Ross’s was a bold paisley print, while Noa’s was a darker green with a sheen. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Inside a Greenery-Filled Hawaiian Wedding—Where the Bridesmaids Wore Power Suits," 13 July 2018 The mural is composed of three pieces, a ceiling with a paisley-like motif spills down into two side panels each featuring the profile of a woman with blue hair and an upturned face. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Iconic Tower Records mural in downtown is getting a little love," 10 July 2018 Her ruffled, pink paisley shirt and matching, high-waisted shorts are paired with clear heels and a boxy, white purse. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé Had an Impromptu Photo Shoot on Her Private Jet," 1 July 2018 The result is a culinary theater-in-the-round, starring a butter-pastry cascade of rosettes, hearts, leaves, vines, berries, braids, stars, paisley, perforations, diamonds and dots. Rebecca Powers,, "A German baker has taken pie art to a mesmerizing new level," 19 June 2018 Perfume Genius also went for the boundary-pushing Parisian-via-Belgium brand, performing in a silver paisley print suit from their Spring 2018 collection. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "All of the Best Coachella Looks On and Off the Stage: Cardi B, Rihanna, and More," 16 Apr. 2018 On a recent Monday, the chief executive officer of the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb in West Palm Beach was in an untucked, paisley, button-down shirt and jeans. Ron Hurtibise,, "Top Small Workplace: Lawyer Craig Goldenfarb shows employees that he cares," 19 Apr. 2018 Even Angi’s skin seemed possessed of that perfect sense of motion: ivory pale and patterned purple-red by the papules that spiraled up and down her arms, legs, and cheeks like a paisley print. Sarah Harris, The Cut, "Learning the Art of Disguise at a Unique Summer Camp," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of paisley

: covered in a pattern made up of colorful curved shapes

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