pearly

adjective \ ˈpər-lē \
|Updated on: 23 Jun 2018

Definition of pearly

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

Examples of pearly in a Sentence

  1. Her teeth were pearly white.

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First Known Use of pearly

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PEARLY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of pearly for English Language Learners

  • : having the shiny, white color of pearls


PEARLY Defined for Kids

pearly

adjective \ ˈpər-lē \

Definition of pearly for Students

pearlier; pearliest
: 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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