\ 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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Based on the swatches Jenner posted on Snapchat, Troop Beverly Hills is a pearly gold fit for fair skin tones, while 90210 is peachy gold that would compliment deeper skin tones perfectly. Allure, "A Third Kylie Cosmetics x Koko Kollection Is Coming, and Fans Aren't Happy About the New Packaging," 26 May 2019 Here's to more show-shopping pearly makeup moments as awards season comes to a close this Sunday. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Tries Out This Season’s Trickiest Makeup Trend," 20 Feb. 2019 The Naked Reloaded includes deep, luxurious shades in rich mattes and UD's trademark pearly shimmers. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Urban Decay is Launching the Naked Reloaded Palette With Bigger Eyeshadow Pans," 13 Feb. 2019 And though her hands found a home in her pockets for much of the night, the rare reveal saw a pearly pink manicure that drew the eye effortlessly to her bauble, provided by fiancée Christian Carino, a talent agent. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Proves Why Diamonds—And Dark Roots—Are a Girl's Best Friend," 16 Oct. 2018 There are three shades: pearly Morning Dew, lightly copper Hot Water, and Clear. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This 'Glass Highlighter' Gives Your Skin the Most Natural Glow," 29 Oct. 2018 Step 2: Add a vampy mauve shade around the outer corners of your lids for a bit of ~drama~. Get help with your pink smokey eye from this tutorial: Step 3: Use a pearly hue to highlight your cheekbones, forehead, nose, cupid's bow, and chin. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "5 Snapchat Filter Halloween Costumes You Should Rock IRL," 8 Aug. 2018 The shades in the peachy neutral Heat Stroke quad are intriguingly and freely named: Sandy Crotch (pearly orange), Brash (pinkish brick), Mabuhay (peachy brown), and Ruddy (golden red). Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Who’s Ready for ‘Sandy Crotch’ Eye Shadow?," 31 May 2018 Over the years, as millions of tourists have flocked to the Taj Mahal in northern India, the monument’s appearance has deteriorated, its pearly white facade growing dull and the dirt from barefoot visitors blackening the grounds. New York Times, "Green Slime on the Taj Mahal? Court Blames Slow, Botched Cleanup," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of pearly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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