- 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 pattern: a paisley scarf
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
adj. [before a noun]
- Textileshaving the pattern of paisley.
- Textilesa soft woolen fabric woven with a pattern of colorful and minutely detailed figures.
- Clothinga shawl, scarf, tie, or other article made of this fabric.
- Textilesa silk print simulating this fabric and weave.
- TextilesAlso called pais′ley print′. a pattern resembling the design or figure on this fabric or material.
- Clothingmade of paisley: a paisley shawl.
- Textileshaving the pattern of a paisley.
- named after Paisley 1825–35
Pais•ley (pāz′lē),USA pronunciation n.
- Place Namesa city in the Strathclyde region, in SW Scotland, W of Glasgow: thread factories. 95,067.
- 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
- 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