- a soft woolen fabric woven with a pattern of colorful and minutely detailed figures.
- a shawl, scarf, tie, or other article made of this fabric.
- a silk print simulating this fabric and weave.
- Also called paisley print. a pattern resembling the design or figure on this fabric or material.
- made of paisley: a paisley shawl.
- having the pattern of a paisley.
Origin of paisley
- a city in the Strathclyde region, in SW Scotland, W of Glasgow: thread factories.
Examples from the Web for paisley
Contemporary Examples of paisley
Galeria is a collage of quotations: columns, chrome black tables, panels with English paisley fabric.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
“The reason gays and lesbians go to Las Vegas is totally different than the general population,” says Paisley.Las Vegas Bets Big on Gays
May 28, 2014
There was also the paisley mini with nude fishnet tights she wore in “The Crash,” when the Draper home was robbed.Megan Draper’s Dramatic Wardrobe Evolution on ‘Mad Men’
Misty White Sidell
June 3, 2013
Paisley, Oregon: This small Oregon town of barely 250 people is where the oldest DNA in America was discovered.Meet America’s Indiana Jones: Andrew Carroll Searches for Forgotten History Across the U.S.
May 14, 2013
Critics and listeners were left confused whether Paisley was apologizing for his apparel or justifying it with his bizarre lyrics.'Accidental Racist': Brad Paisley and LL Cool J Duet on the Confederacy in New Track
April 8, 2013
Historical Examples of paisley
No one can mention Paisley without a smile, and yet no one can say what amused him.Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers
Then for cooler weather there were Paisley and India long shawls.A Little Girl in Old New York
Amanda Millie Douglas
He went to the door, whistled for one of the boys, and sent for Mrs. Paisley.Ruth Fielding Down East
Alice B. Emerson
For myself, I shall put on my Paisley shawl and my thickest boots.Thistle and Rose
On the other side of the river are the towns of Paisley and Renfrew.The Expedition of Humphry Clinker
- a pattern of small curving shapes with intricate detailing, usually printed in bright colours
- a soft fine wool fabric traditionally printed with this pattern
- a garment made of this fabric, esp a shawl popular in the late 19th century
- (modifier) of or decorated with this patterna paisley scarf
Word Origin for paisley
- an industrial town in SW Scotland, the administrative centre of Renfrewshire: one of the world's chief centres for the manufacture of thread, linen, and gauze in the 19th century. Pop: 74 170 (2001)
- Bob. 1919–96, English footballer and manager: played for Liverpool (1939–54); under his management (1974–83) Liverpool won six English titles and the European Cup three times (1977, 1978, 1981)
- Ian (Richard Kyle) Baron. born 1926, Northern Ireland politician and Presbyterian minister; cofounder (1972) and leader of the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party, First Minister of Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2008
1834 as a type of clothing or material, from Paisley, town in southwest Scotland, where the cloth was originally made. As an adjective by 1900. The town name is literally "church," from Middle Irish baslec, itself from Latin basilica (see basilica).