pearly

[pur-lee]
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adjective, pearl·i·er, pearl·i·est.
  1. like a pearl, especially in being white or lustrous; nacreous: her pearly teeth.
  2. adorned with or abounding in pearls or mother-of-pearl.

Origin of pearly

First recorded in 1400–50, pearly is from the late Middle English word peerly. See pearl1, -y1
Related formspearl·i·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of pearly

Historical Examples of pearly

  • Once more may our eyes be gladdened with the pearly, orient dew!

    Imogen

    William Godwin

  • He gaped at her vague, pearly face, as if she had suggested some enormity.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman

  • Realism, as they call it, can never catch the boundaries of her pearly beauty.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley

  • Chestnut Street was gray with a dull, pearly, opaque twilight.

    Pipefuls

    Christopher Morley

  • The loveliest idea came and sat on my chest in the pearly dawn!

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell


British Dictionary definitions for pearly

pearly

adjective pearlier or pearliest
  1. resembling a pearl, esp in lustre
  2. of the colour pearl; pale bluish-grey
  3. decorated with pearls or mother-of-pearl
noun plural pearlies (in Britain)
  1. a London costermonger who wears on ceremonial occasions a traditional dress of dark clothes covered with pearl buttons
  2. (plural) the clothes or the buttons themselves
Derived Formspearliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pearly
adj.

early 15c., from pearl + -y (2). Related: Pearliness. The pearly gates of Heaven (or the New Jerusalem) are attested by 1708, from Rev. 21:21.

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