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

Definition of paisley

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

Other Words from paisley

paisley noun

Examples of paisley in a Sentence

The wallpaper is a paisley print.
Recent Examples on the Web Hemlines range from free-flowing minis to relaxed maxis and a sea of pretty paisley prints, micro florals, and patchwork dominate the best options (as do design details like tassels and voluminous sleeves). Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 13 June 2022 Best Machine Washable College Backpack Vera Bradley's college backpack comes in 50+ fun patterns from paisley prints to geometric designs. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 Dog urine sprayed in a paisley motif across the carpet. Ali Wentworth, Town & Country, 8 May 2022 Spotted on the streets of Milan during the Italian capital's Fashion Week, Gigi Hadid made a statement in cuffed, pine-green Sacai trousers featuring a paisley-style pattern. Jake Smith, Glamour, 25 Feb. 2022 The pair of siblings posed in front of a poster displaying the logo of the jukebox musical at the Neil Simon Theatre, with Prince, 24, in a grey suit and Paris, 23, in a red paisley dress. Dan Heching,, 2 Feb. 2022 Union stripped down to nothing more than a pair of paisley Etro pants and posed topless alongside husband Wade (also shirtless), who wore the exact same style trousers, as the couple seductively snapped a few mirror selfies. Kaitlyn Frey,, 25 Oct. 2021 Designs featured flowing sleeves and silhouettes from artist’s smocks in pretty floral and paisley prints, broderie anglais, lace and ribbon. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 The bird became a wedding motif and was embroidered near his heart in the lining of Mr. Surendran’s dark royal blue jacket, which had gold paisley embroidery on the lapels and cuffs. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 See More

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.

First Known Use of paisley

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for paisley

Paisley, Scotland

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

Dictionary Entries Near paisley




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for paisley

Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Paisley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

More Definitions for paisley

Paisley geographical name

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

Definition of Paisley

burgh in southwestern Scotland west of Glasgow population 77,000

More from Merriam-Webster on paisley

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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