adjective (pearlier; -est) Date: 15th century 1. resembling, containing, or adorned with pearls or mother-of-pearl 2. highly precious

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  • Pearly — Pearl y, a. 1. Containing pearls; abounding with, or yielding, pearls; as, pearly shells. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Resembling pearl or pearls; clear; pure; transparent; iridescent; as, the pearly dew or flood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pearly — early 15c., from PEARL (Cf. pearl) + Y (Cf. y) (2). The pearly gates of Heaven (or the New Jerusalem) are attested by 1708, from Rev. 21:21 …   Etymology dictionary

  • pearly — ► ADJECTIVE (pearlier, pearliest) ▪ like a pearl in lustre or colour. ► NOUN (pearlies) Brit. 1) a pearly king s or queen s clothes or pearl buttons. 2) informal a person s teeth …   English terms dictionary

  • pearly — [adj] opalescent fair, frosted, iridescent, ivory, milky, nacreous, off white, opaline, pearl, silver; concept 618 …   New thesaurus

  • pearly — [pʉr′lē] adj. pearlier, pearliest 1. of or like a pearl, as in color or luster 2. adorned or covered with pearls or mother of pearl pearliness n …   English World dictionary

  • pearly — [[t]pɜ͟ː(r)li[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Something that is pearly is pale and shines softly, like a pearl. ...the pearly light of early morning. COMB in COLOUR Pearly is also a combining form. ...pearly pink lipstick... Her skin was pearly white …   English dictionary

  • pearly — adj. & n. adj. (pearlier, pearliest) 1 resembling a pearl; lustrous. 2 containing pearls or mother of pearl. 3 adorned with pearls. n. (pl. ies) (in pl.) Brit. 1 pearly kings and queens. 2 a pearly king s or queen s clothes or pearl buttons.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pearly — pearl|y [ˈpə:li US ˈpə:rli] adj pale in colour and shiny, like a pearl ▪ pearly white teeth ▪ a pearly grey jacket …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pearly — adjective (pearlier, pearliest) resembling a pearl in lustre or colour. noun (pearlies) 1》 Brit. a pearly king s or queen s clothes or pearl buttons. 2》 (also pearly whites) informal a person s teeth. Derivatives pearliness noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • pearly — UK [ˈpɜː(r)lɪ] / US [ˈpɜrlɪ] adjective Word forms pearly : adjective pearly comparative pearlier superlative pearliest pale, white, or shiny like a pearl in appearance …   English dictionary

  • pearly — /ˈpɜli/ (say perlee) adjective (pearlier, pearliest) 1. like a pearl or like pearl. 2. adorned with or characterised by pearls, pearl, or mother of pearl. 3. Colloquial wearing pearlies. –noun (plural pearlies) Colloquial 4. a button, especially… …   Australian English dictionary

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