pearlier; pearliest
: resembling, containing, or adorned with pearls or mother-of-pearl
: highly precious

Examples of pearly in a Sentence

Her teeth were pearly white.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pearly was in the 15th century

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“Pearly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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pearlier; pearliest
: resembling pearls or mother-of-pearl

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