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paisley

[peyz-lee] /ˈpeɪz li/
noun, plural paisleys.
1.
a soft woolen fabric woven with a pattern of colorful and minutely detailed figures.
2.
a shawl, scarf, tie, or other article made of this fabric.
3.
a silk print simulating this fabric and weave.
4.
Also called paisley print. a pattern resembling the design or figure on this fabric or material.
adjective
5.
made of paisley:
a paisley shawl.
6.
having the pattern of a paisley.
Also, Paisley.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; named after Paisley
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British Dictionary definitions for paisley-print

paisley

/ˈpeɪzlɪ/
noun
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
Word Origin
C19: named after Paisley

Paisley1

/ˈpeɪzlɪ/
noun
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)

Paisley2

/ˈpeɪzlɪ/
noun
1.
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)
2.
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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paisley

n.

1834 as a type of clothing or material, from Paisley, town in southwest Scotland, where the cloth was originally made. As an adjective by 1900. The town name is literally "church," from Middle Irish baslec, itself from Latin basilica (see basilica).

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Encyclopedia Article for paisley-print

Paisley

large burgh (town) and an industrial centre, Renfrewshire council area and historic county, west-central Scotland, 7 miles (11 km) west of Glasgow. It is situated on the River White Cart, a tributary of the River Clyde.

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paisley

textile pattern characterized by colourful, curved abstract figures; it is named for the shawls manufactured at the town of Paisley, Scot. When, about 1800, patterned shawls made from the soft fleece of the Kashmir goat began to be imported to Britain from India, machine-woven equivalents were made at Paisley to supply the insatiable demand that had been created for "cashmere" shawls. Paisley shawls, in silk and cotton and later in wool, with sober colouring, were beautiful in their own right. Their rich, abstract, curvilinear patterns, modified from their Kashmir counterparts and deriving ultimately from Mughal art, have continued to be widely adopted in modern textiles, especially for clothing. A motif resembling an enlarged comma (well-known in Mughal decorative art) is the one by which most people recognize a paisley pattern

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