Definition of pearly in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpəːli

adjective (pearlier, pearliest)

  • 1Resembling a pearl in lustre or colour: nice pearly teeth
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    • Hector shut his eyes, to see his inner world, a blaze of swirling pearly colours.
    • Chris's green eyes glittered, and a smile played across his pearly teeth as he ran his hands ran through his short black hair.
    • She has taken the last few days off, however, because she has just had her teeth bleached pearly white.
  • 1.1Made of or adorned with pearls or mother-of-pearl.
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    • In his own defence, he discloses that, though he is a Londoner to his pearly suit, he is nevertheless one-eighth Scottish on his mother's side, which doesn't even qualify him for a clan tartan.

noun (plural pearlies)

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  • 1British Pearly kings and queens: her mum and dad had been pearlies
  • 1.1A pearly king’s or queen’s clothes or pearl buttons: Joe gleaming and sparkling in his pearlies
  • 2 (also pearly whites) informal A person’s teeth.
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    • Then, fully conscious, I could feel the dentist working away at my pearlies and finally pulling them out.
    • His teeth were rows of perfectly set pearly whites, and he had a dimple in his left cheek.
    • Ironically, excessive bleaching can turn pearly whites into an unnatural translucent blue.




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