There are 2 definitions of paisley in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪzli


[mass noun, usually as modifier]
A distinctive intricate pattern of curved feather-shaped figures based on an Indian pine-cone design: a paisley silk tie
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  • The festival offering has the spectacular ethnic gold, enamel and diamond, diamond and coloured stone, and paisley collections, each different and likely to make the wearer stand out in a crowd.
  • Horribly, inevitably, he is drawn to a bin of remaindered neckwear in grotesque paisley patterns - priced to move.
  • He believed in justice, for the most part, but he also had a hankering for a paisley silk waistcoat with a decent fit.


early 19th century: named after the town of Paisley (see Paisley), the original place of manufacture.

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There are 2 definitions of paisley in English:


Line breaks: Pais|ley
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪzli
A town in central Scotland, to the west of Glasgow, administrative centre of Renfrewshire; population 71,700 (est. 2009).

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