verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pearl1
verb (used with or without object), noun
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of purl1
Examples from the Web for pearl
Contemporary Examples of 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
In 1882, the Pearl Street station, in lower Manhattan, went on line, with 59 customers – mostly businesses and factories.From Edison to Jobs
The Daily Beast
September 25, 2014
But after Pearl Harbor there was no longer a case for special pleading.Blood and War: The Hard Truth About ‘Boots on the Ground’
September 22, 2014
At halftime somebody had come into the dressing room and told us Pearl Harbor had been bombed by the Japs.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
The artist quickly blamed event organizers, and he even criticized the band Pearl Jam for making him late.Living by the Bonnaroo Code
Daniel G. Hill
June 12, 2014
Historical Examples of pearl
He compares it to little things, to a tiny seed, to a handful of leaven, to a pearl.De Profundis
"Just about as much as I gave you that pearl pin," retorted Kirkwood hotly.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
You shake it; it's the pearl stud there was last year—that's all.Monday or Tuesday
Pearl Barley Water is made of an ounce of pearl barley, heated in half a pint of water over the fire in order to clean it.
Ourn was a shrewd rascal and nothing more nor less than a pearl poacher.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin for pearl
Word Origin for purl
Word Origin for purl
mid-13c., from Old French perle (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin perla (mid-13c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna, which in Sicily meant "pearl," earlier "sea-mussel," literally "ham, haunch, gammon," so called for the shape of the mollusk shells.
For pearls before swine, see swine. Pearl Harbor translates Hawaiian Wai Momi, literally "pearl waters," so named for the pearl oysters found there; transferred sense of "effective sudden attack" is attested from 1942 (in reference to Dec. 7, 1941).
"knit with inverted stitches," 1825; earlier "embroider with gold or silver thread" (1520s), probably from Middle English pirlyng "revolving, twisting," of unknown origin. The two senses usually are taken as one word, but even this is not certain. Klein suggests a source in Italian pirolare "to twirl," from pirolo "top." As a noun, from late 14c. as "bordering, frills," 1530s as "twisted thread of gold and silver."
"flow with a murmuring sound," 1580s, imitative, perhaps from a Scandinavian language. Related: Purled; purling.