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noun, plural pais·leys.
  1. a soft woolen fabric woven with a pattern of colorful and minutely detailed figures.
  2. a shawl, scarf, tie, or other article made of this fabric.
  3. a silk print simulating this fabric and weave.
  4. Also called paisley print. a pattern resembling the design or figure on this fabric or material.
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  1. made of paisley: a paisley shawl.
  2. having the pattern of a paisley.
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Origin of paisley

First recorded in 1825–35; named after Paisley


  1. a city in the Strathclyde region, in SW Scotland, W of Glasgow: thread factories.
  2. paisley.
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  1. a pattern of small curving shapes with intricate detailing, usually printed in bright colours
  2. a soft fine wool fabric traditionally printed with this pattern
  3. a garment made of this fabric, esp a shawl popular in the late 19th century
  4. (modifier) of or decorated with this patterna paisley scarf
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Word Origin

C19: named after Paisley


  1. 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)
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  1. 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)
  2. 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
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Word Origin and History for paisley


1834 as a type of clothing or material, from Paisley, town in southwest Scotland, where the cloth was originally made.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).

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