pearl·​es·​cent | \ ˌpər-ˈle-sᵊnt How to pronounce pearlescent (audio) \

Definition of pearlescent

: having a pearly luster a pearlescent lacquer

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pearlescence \ ˌpər-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s How to pronounce pearlescent (audio) \ noun

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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 The water is crystalline, the sky is pearlescent blue, and Andrew is smiling., 13 Oct. 2021 The most important thing is that the pigment used is an icy tone and contains pearlescent pigments to capture the light. Lottie Winter, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 The clear, pearlescent barrel provides an easy and convenient way to keep an eye on your lead. Chris Hachey, BGR, 26 May 2021 The walleye is named for its pearlescent eye and reflective layer of pigment that helps the fish to see and feed in dim light. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 The prototype car's pearlescent yellow paint scheme is suggestive of a yellow paint popular on early Zs. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 15 Sep. 2020 From a pearlescent blue inspired by balcony choirs to a burgundy sourced from Italian wine, scroll ahead for 12 new shades that will transport you to a balmy autumn evening in Milan, and bring some joy to your fingertips in the process. Megan Decker,, 14 Aug. 2020 The gray-haired man in the pearlescent blue silk suit was Richard Reynolds: double entry, member of Congress from Delaware and multiple arrests for solicitation of a prostitute—no convictions. August Cole, Wired, 5 June 2020 Inside was an oceanic treasure trove: 10 pounds of Scottish salmon, a five-pound filet of yellowtail from Japan, a two-pound chunk of ruby-red Bigeye tuna from Hawaii, frozen jumbo shrimp and a jar of pearlescent orange trout roe. Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of pearlescent

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 28 Jan. 2022.

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