\ˈpər-lē \
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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Auto emissions, deforestation and crop burning have contributed to heavy smog that experts say has dimmed the tomb's pearly exterior to a jaundiced yellow. Shashank Bengali,, "How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal," 22 May 2018 Lastly, Priscilla highlighted Rihanna's cheekbones with a touch of pearly beige Killawatt, and set the entire look with some matte setting powder for a flawless finish. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Wears Glowy Makeup and Red Lipstick to Ocean’s 8 London Premiere," 14 June 2018 One pendant/chandelier from Arteriors looks like a dangling cluster of pearly grapes. Diane Cowen, Houston Chronicle, "Arteriors new collection remains current, edgy," 13 June 2018 Wind and cool weather slowed melting, and a lot of snow is still in draws and in the trees and the mountains are pearly white. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 While Real Simple reports that particular shade is discontinued, seven other shades are still available, ranging from soft blacks and browns to a vibrant blue and a dark violet with a pearly red sheen. Emily Wang, Allure, "Mandy Moore Praised This M.A.C. Gel Eyeliner as Her Favorite on Instagram," 8 June 2018 There's a lot of skill that goes into properly flashing those pearly whites and Bella Hadid is learning this the hard way. Shannon Carlin,, "Why Is Everyone Obsessed With Bella Hadid Learning How To Smile?," 14 May 2018 Diana's thick bangs were a bold move, sure, but the combination of her glowing skin, her touchably feathered hair, and that pearly white smile all added up to effortless glamour. Sam Escobar, Allure, "How Meghan Markle’s Hair & Makeup Compares to the Bridal Looks of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana," 19 May 2018 Without using bleaching chemicals, harsh charcoals, or gnarly dyes (which can have negative effects on your teeth), this toothpaste's naturally derived silicas scrub away the stains that make your whites look less than pearly. Barret Wertz, GQ, "The Best Teeth-Whitening Products for Any Budget," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of pearly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to pearly

pearly whites

the Pearly Gates

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English Language Learners Definition of pearly

: having the shiny, white color of pearls


\ˈpər-lē \
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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