\ 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 The best way to keep your pearly whites is by avoiding foods that can stain your enamel. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 9 Mar. 2022 Drinking coffee and consuming stain-causing foods are just a few things that can take a toll on your pearly whites, leading to dullness and yellowing. Ariel Scotti,, 27 Nov. 2021 Tell him how handsome his smile is and how much it could be improved by a set of pearly whites. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 4 Nov. 2021 Many of our favorite beverages (think: coffee, tea, and wine) can do a number on our teeth, leaving our pearly whites dull and yellowed. Ariel Scotti,, 15 Oct. 2021 To really perfect your smile, pair the device with the ARC Precision Applicator Teeth Whitening Pen, which will make your pearly whites brighter with each use. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 12 Oct. 2021 The star of the new Netflix movie everyone’s talking about, Really Love, flashed his pearly whites and flawless skin for fans this week. Essence, 27 Aug. 2021 Your best bet is to save the toothpaste for those pearly whites and stick with skincare products that are made for the job. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, 5 Aug. 2021 Clearly readers are excited to show off their pearly whites since they've been hidden behind masks for the past year. Alex Warner,, 23 June 2021 See More

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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 19 May. 2022.

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\ 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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