[pur-lee] /ˈpɜr li/
adjective, pearlier, pearliest.
like a , especially in being white or lustrous; nacreous:
her pearly teeth.
adorned with or abounding in or mother-of-pearl.
adjective pearlier, pearliest
resembling a pearl, esp in lustre
of the colour pearl; pale bluish-grey
decorated with pearls or mother-of-pearl
noun (in Britain) (pl) pearlies
a London costermonger who wears on ceremonial occasions a traditional dress of dark clothes covered with pearl buttons
(pl) the clothes or the buttons themselves
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.
noun, (used with a plural verb) 1. the entrance to heaven. plural noun 1. (informal) the entrance to heaven 2. (not capitals) (Brit, slang) teeth
- Pearly king
noun 1. the male London costermonger whose ceremonial clothes display the most lavish collection of pearl buttons See also pearly (sense 4)
noun 1. (def 1). noun 1. any of several cephalopod molluscs of the genus Nautilus, esp N. pompilius, of warm and tropical seas, having a partitioned pale pearly external shell with brown stripes Also called chambered nautilus Compare paper nautilus
- Pearly queen
noun 1. the female London costermonger whose ceremonial clothes display the most lavish collection of pearl buttons See also pearly (sense 4)