Idioms about pearl
Origin of pearl
OTHER WORDS FROM pearlpearler, nounpearlish, adjectivepearllike, adjective
Words nearby pearl
Other definitions for pearl (2 of 2)
MORE ABOUT PEARL
What does pearl mean?
Pearls are known for being used in jewelry, such as pearl necklaces and pearl earrings.
Pearls vary in size and color. They are most commonly an iridescent, milky white, but they can be several other colors, including gray and even black.
The word pearl is sometimes used figuratively to refer to something precious or to the finest example of something, such as in the phrase pearls of wisdom.
Pearl can also be a girl’s name.
Example: My grandmother left me her pearl necklace, and I always wear it on special occasions.
Where does pearl come from?
The first records of the word pearl come from the 1300s. It comes from the Middle English perle, ultimately from the Latin perna, meaning “sea mussel.”
Mollusks like clams and oysters produce pearls when an irritant—such as a grain of sand—gets inside their shell. The particle is coated with thin layers of mother-of-pearl, the hard, iridescent substance that makes up the inside of mollusk shells. Pearls are primarily composed of calcium carbonate (which is what mother-of-pearl mainly consists of).
Some pearls are cultured—meaning they are “grown” inside mollusk shells by intentionally introducing the irritant that will start the process that produces a pearl.
Did you know … ?
What are some other forms related to pearl?
- pearllike (adjective)
What are some words that share a root or word element with pearl?
What are some words that often get used in discussing pearl?
How is pearl used in real life?
Pearls are known for their use in jewelry, especially earrings and necklaces. They are associated with preciousness.
Out of the 5 million oysters sold at his business each year, the chef said only a couple of people have found a pearl in his 25 years working there. https://t.co/naubeRyIbV
— Idaho Statesman (@IdahoStatesman) December 18, 2018
I'm wearing my grandmother's pearl necklace today, I feel fancy.
— Lauren Matthews (@miss_matthews) January 11, 2013
Also 100 years ago, pearls were incredibly expensive and *the* luxury gem. Then cultured pearls were developed in the 1930s.
— Virginia Postrel (@vpostrel) May 12, 2021
Try using pearl!
True or False?
Pearls are only ever white.
How to use pearl in a sentence
There are some folks who point out, correctly, that Pearl is at work on a causal calculus, that is, a calculus that can do causal reasoning.Literature Should Be Taught Like Science - Issue 97: Wonder|Kevin Berger|February 24, 2021|Nautilus
Jackie is the pearl of a new restaurant in Navy Yard, a high-concept addition to the neighborhood’s dining scene.
Those with means have shifted to grow crops such as pearl millet, cow peas, bottle gourd and corn — essentially anything but rice — that use a fraction of the water.
Most recently, LNC was used to grow watermelon, pearl millet, and zucchini in the desert outside Dubai.A Norwegian Startup Is Turning Dry Deserts Into Fertile Cropland|Vanessa Bates Ramirez|August 19, 2020|Singularity Hub
There’s a pearl of old internet wisdom to be skeptical of everything you see on the Internet.Testimonial link building: Using real experiences for success|Rameez Ghayas Usmani|July 15, 2020|Search Engine Watch
But Ruby Pearl kept order, and the more responsibility she took the more Spahn relied upon her.
In the last few years, however, Spahn gradually began to notice changes in Ruby Pearl.
What was America supposed to do after Pearl Harbor, put the keys to the Golden Gate in an airmail envelope and send them to Tojo?Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize|P. J. O’Rourke|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1882, the Pearl Street station, in lower Manhattan, went on line, with 59 customers – mostly businesses and factories.
But after Pearl Harbor there was no longer a case for special pleading.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’|Clive Irving|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"The Seorita is a pearl of prudence and discretion: do whatever she desired you," said Alphonse.
I must admit that there is some excuse for you; the pearl of Andalusia is undoubtedly ravissante.
It must have been the window-panes, for he was anxious to get the most beautiful mother-of-pearl he could find.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
He knows the whole piano literature, and is continually fishing up some new or old pearl or other to surprise one with.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
The wind-blown rain-makers lost their leaden hue and became a soft pearl-gray, all fleecy white around the edges.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair