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A town in central Scotland, to the west of Glasgow, administrative centre of Renfrewshire; population 71,700 (est. 2009).
[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’
- ‘He imagined luminous blends, created unexpected combinations and clashing patterns of plaids, paisley and florals.’
- ‘I, resplendent in my signature red velvet smoking jacket, silk paisley ascot, black lounge pants, and sneakers would be more than happy to answer a few questions from the crowd, while I smoked my pipe of course’
- ‘If you're looking for trendy patterns, go for paisley, floral, plaid, checks, and herringbone.’
- ‘Don't be fooled into thinking that Liberty is all about fusty paisley designs: the latest make-up bags look so modern, it is hard to believe that they are made using prints from the archives.’
- ‘You see infinitely detailed multicoloured fractal alphabets, they see growing paisley patterns.’
- ‘Nice design (geometric, paisley, whatever) is always encouraged and won't be passé in a year.’
- ‘A popular tattoo art in India is mehendi, a plant-based temporary tattoo involving thin lines for lacy, floral and paisley patterns covering entire hands, forearms, feet and shins.’
- ‘Horribly, inevitably, he is drawn to a bin of remaindered neckwear in grotesque paisley patterns - priced to move.’
- ‘Tiny red gems twinkled in the eye sockets, and the broad top of the skull was dotted with similarly tiny green and black jewels, forming an intricate paisley pattern.’
- ‘Mankolam, the pleasing paisley design, is modeled after a mango and associated with Lord Ganesha.’
- ‘It seemed to shine with a inner light, making its paisley design shimmer like a glossy polyester tie.’
- ‘Lanificio Europa also offered denim fabrics that had been flocked, jacquarded or embroidered with flowers and paisley designs.’
- ‘Brighten the room with splashes of hot reds and oranges in bold paisley patterns, and add a Persian rug updated in recycled plastic.’
- ‘Detective Warren was wearing a black suit, with one of those tasteless blue paisley ties that cops seemed to favor.’
- ‘The girl, who answered to ‘Lee’, looked positively hippie in her black corduroy bell-bottoms and paisley smock with flare-sleeves.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He believed in justice, for the most part, but he also had a hankering for a paisley silk waistcoat with a decent fit.’
- ‘A backless lace gown in a giant pink and turquoise paisley pattern seemed perfect for Hurley, who has regained her slimline figure just three months after giving birth to her first child.’
- ‘Kaleidoscope fashions with swirling flowers and paisley prints make little chiffon or satin dresses very bold and enticing.’
- ‘His nose had tattoos all over it - and his eyes poked out from a lavish pattern of paisley swirls all over his cheeks and forehead.’
Early 19th century: named after the town of Paisley(see Paisley), the original place of manufacture.
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