Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Made of a soft wool fabric with a colorful, woven or printed and swirled pattern of abstract curved shapes.
  • adj. Marked with this pattern.
  • n. An article of clothing made of paisley fabric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. motif of swirling droplet
  • n. a soft woolen fabric having this motif
  • adj. made from this fabric, or marked with this design

Etymologies

After Paisley .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Paisley in Scotland, where shawls of this kind were woven in the 1800s. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As the offspring of parents who were highly crunchyin the 1960s and 1970s, Aaron could be described as a paisley diaper baby.

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  • As for which scarf to choose: ideally, I prefer vintage silk, and am currently much taken with an unlabelled paisley print from the 1950s; softened with age, but still unfaded.

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  • Was hoping that the two "paisley" cakes were actually a yin/yang pair.

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  • They have the YLI organic cotton thread, as well as two fabric medleys: the lightweight Oasis Canvas Medley in solid colors and the Woodblock Vegetable Dye Medley, which is kind of paisley and stripey and floral.

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  • I want to cover the band with either little studs, in a kind of paisley pattern with a transfer?

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  • And then there's the ermine, gold kind of paisley coat at the end, the rich fur and the gloves and the gun scene.

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  • Here he is glamming it up on the GLAAD "paisley" carpet.

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  • The new autumn collections are full of dresses with sleeves of every shape and size - three-quarter length, cuffed, long and tight, full and belled, raglan and puffed, many in a print pattern such as paisley print, on a long-sleeved dress.

    Fruity Spirit

  • Though it did mean that I did a couple of placemats - I made up 8 or so of these from scrap pairs which I've been using as enders and leaders - I thought I'd practice some of the 72 ways not to stipple or meander from the new Dijanne Cevaal book I got - the placemat on left is actually from the other day and has a leaf type meander, the one on the right has a "paisley" design - wavy lines, with straight lines and dots down the middle.

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  • A straight wrap-around skirt having paisley print and contrast patchwork top

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