pearl·​es·​cent ˌpər-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce pearlescent (audio)
: having a pearly luster
a pearlescent lacquer
pearlescence noun

Examples of pearlescent in a Sentence

the sedan comes in an array of colors, with either a metallic or pearlescent finish
Recent Examples on the Web Every shade has a pearlescent, subtly shimmery finish that creates a brightening, radiance-boosting effect all skin types (including those with mature or dry qualities) can benefit from. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 9 Apr. 2024 The 9-shade highlighter is a limited edition launch, replacing glitter (which is facing a ban in the EU) for a superfine pearlescent finish. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 29 Mar. 2024 While Bahnsen opened her fall 2024 show with a suite of black and midnight-blue looks, the white and pearlescent pieces in her collections have long attracted those due to walk down the aisle. Laura Hawkins, Vogue, 26 Mar. 2024 The buttons have a pearlescent tortoise shell look that secured the insert nicely, too. Olivia Avitt, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2024 Emily Ratajkowski, for example, wore a directional Jacquemus bridal look, Cardi B was swathed in inky Atelier Versace spring 2003 lace, Kylie Jenner came dripping in blood-red Ludovic de Saint Sernin beads, and Kim Kardashian showed that simple is often the most impactful in pearlescent Balenciaga. Alice Newbold, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 Oppo The gold version has this lovely pearlescent effect. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 29 Aug. 2023 There to promote her film Love Lies Bleeding, Stewart wore an all-white look from Chanel Haute Couture spring 2024: a blazer with a miniskirt featuring a tulle overskirt, and a pair of pearlescent white tights as a final flourish. Irem Özkalgay, Vogue, 21 Feb. 2024 This sweater can only be described as a gentle hug in clothing form, accentuated with pearlescent buttons adorning the front, and complete with a generously oversized fit. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pearlescent was in 1926

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“Pearlescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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