follow Dictionary.com

Fiancé or fiancée? What's the difference?

pearly

[pur-lee] /ˈpɜr li/
adjective, pearlier, pearliest.
1.
like a pearl, especially in being white or lustrous; nacreous:
her pearly teeth.
2.
adorned with or abounding in pearls or mother-of-pearl.
Origin of pearly
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English peerly. See pearl1, -y1
Related forms
pearliness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for pearly
British Dictionary definitions for pearly

pearly

/ˈpɜːlɪ/
adjective pearlier, pearliest
1.
resembling a pearl, esp in lustre
2.
of the colour pearl; pale bluish-grey
3.
decorated with pearls or mother-of-pearl
noun (in Britain) (pl) pearlies
4.
a London costermonger who wears on ceremonial occasions a traditional dress of dark clothes covered with pearl buttons
5.
(pl) the clothes or the buttons themselves
Derived Forms
pearliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pearly
adj.

early 15c., from pearl + -y (2). Related: Pearliness. The pearly gates of Heaven (or the New Jerusalem) are attested by 1708, from Rev. 21:21.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pearly

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pearly

11
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pearly