\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web That's what these white strips by Crest are great for, and our readers were eager to flash a set of pearly whites themselves in 2019, especially whenever these bad boys went on sale. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 100 most popular things everyone bought this year," 27 Dec. 2019 Among the soloists, only Andriana Chuchman’s lithe, pearly soprano had the heft to sail cleanly over the orchestra. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "NSO presents a muddled ‘Messiah,’ but all is not lost," 20 Dec. 2019 Fish with fins should be cooked to 145 degrees, and any shellfish should be cooked until flesh is pearly or white and opaque. 5., "5 grilling tips for safe eating watching the holidays’ big football games," 22 Nov. 2019 The food blogger and soon-to-be mother of four, 38, walked the purple carpet at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sunday afternoon alongside husband Carson Daly, showing her support — and her baby bump! — in a pearly white one-shoulder gown. Jen Juneau,, "Carson Daly and Pregnant Wife Siri Attend Emmys Two Days After Announcing Fourth Baby on the Way," 22 Sep. 2019 And Gigi Hadid is perfect evidence of it, shown here, walking down the runway in a lacy black teddy and matching over-the-knee stockings (and, for added dramatic effect, pearly Madonna tears glistening down her cheeks). Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Looks Heavenly, Plus More Shoppable Looks from Rihanna's Iconic NYFW Show," 18 Sep. 2019 Natacha Rambova’s sets and costumes—including Nazimova’s headdress with huge pearly beads—drew inspiration from Aubrey Beardsley’s illustrations for the play by Oscar Wilde. Kristin M. Jones, WSJ, "‘Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers’ Review: Highlighting a Forgotten History," 18 July 2018 Still, the stock hasn't been making too many investors show their pearly whites as of late. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "After Its Disastrous IPO, SmileDirectClub Beats Revenue Estimates—But Investors Still Aren’t Grinning," 12 Nov. 2019 But that doesn't mean on closer inspection your pearly whites will be perfectly clean. NBC News, "The AquaSonic electric toothbrush (plus accessories) is $40 right now," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pearly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pearly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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