or Pais·ley

[ peyz-lee ]
/ ˈpeɪz li /
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noun, plural pais·leys.
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.
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Origin of paisley

First recorded in 1825–35; named after Paisley

Other definitions for paisley (2 of 2)

[ peyz-lee ]
/ ˈpeɪz li /

a city in the Strathclyde region, in SW Scotland, W of Glasgow: thread factories.
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British Dictionary definitions for paisley (1 of 3)

/ (ˈpeɪzlɪ) /

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

C19: named after Paisley

British Dictionary definitions for paisley (2 of 3)

/ (ˈpeɪzlɪ) /

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)

British Dictionary definitions for paisley (3 of 3)

/ (ˈpeɪzlɪ) /

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
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