WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pais•ley /ˈpeɪzli/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
    a pattern of colorful, very detailed, usually curving figures.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. Textileshaving the pattern of paisley.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pais•ley  (pāzlē),USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -leys, adj. 
  1. Textilesa soft woolen fabric woven with a pattern of colorful and minutely detailed figures.
  2. Clothinga shawl, scarf, tie, or other article made of this fabric.
  3. Textilesa silk print simulating this fabric and weave.
  4. TextilesAlso called  paisley print. a pattern resembling the design or figure on this fabric or material.

  1. Clothingmade of paisley: a paisley shawl.
  2. Textileshaving the pattern of a paisley.
Also,  Paisley. 
  • named after Paisley 1825–35

Pais•ley  (pāzlē),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Place Namesa city in the Strathclyde region, in SW Scotland, W of Glasgow: thread factories. 95,067.
  2. Textilespaisley.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

paisley /ˈpeɪzlɪ/ n
  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 pattern: a paisley scarf
Etymology: 19th Century: named after Paisley

Paisley /ˈpeɪzlɪ/ n
  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)
Paisley /ˈpeɪzlɪ/ n
  1. Bob. 1919–96, English footballer and manager
  2. Rev. Ian (Richard Kyle). 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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