\ ˈpər-lē How to pronounce pearly (audio) \
pearlier; pearliest

Definition of pearly

1 : resembling, containing, or adorned with pearls or mother-of-pearl
2 : highly precious

Examples of pearly in a Sentence

Her teeth were pearly white.
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First Known Use of pearly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pearly

: having the shiny, white color of pearls


\ ˈpər-lē How to pronounce pearly (audio) \
pearlier; pearliest

Kids Definition of pearly

: resembling a pearl in color, shape, or luster Small pearly clouds drifted … overhead.— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

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