Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Resembling pearls.
  • adjective Covered or decorated with pearls or mother-of-pearl.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In the manner of a pearl; like a pearl.
  • Clothes with large pearl buttons, worn by costermongers.
  • Resembling a pearl in size, shape, texture, or color; pearlaceous.
  • Resembling mother-of-pearl; nacreous: margaritaceous.
  • Producing, containing, or abounding in pearls; margaritiferous; pearl-bearing.
  • Dotted, flecked, or spangled as if with pearls; pearled.
  • Clear; pure; glittering; translucent or transparent, as a color: as, pearly white.
  • In the technique of the pianoforte, noting a touch that produces a clear, round, sweet tone, or noting a tone thus characterized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing pearls; abounding with, or yielding, pearls.
  • adjective Resembling pearl or pearls; clear; pure; transparent; iridescent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable, uncommon, dated A pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
  • noun countable, UK, especially in plural tooth
  • adjective Of a pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of a white the color of pearls
  • noun informal terms for a human `tooth'

Etymologies

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pearl +‎ -y

Examples

  • He doesn’t take comfort in pearly gates and angels.

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  • These same tribes term the pearly drops of dew which cover the beautiful leaves of the heliconia 'star spit.'

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  • This is what we would describe as a well-circumscribed kind of pearly or waxy or shiny - looking bump that doesn't heal.

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  • I allude to the phase of the aura which presents the "pearly" appearance of the opalescent body, which we have just noted.

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  • As it was my job to lean out and whisper into the sentry's "pearly," I got rather exasperated.

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  • There was a peculiar sheen all about the irregular sky-line; a kind of pearly whitening, as it were, of the heavens beyond, like to the effect produced by the rising of a very delicate soft mist melting from a mountain's brow into the air.

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  • It had a singular kind of pearly look, and her long slender throat was almost of the same tone: no, not the same, for there was a transparency about her throat unlike that of the forehead.

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  • The name perlite (also spelled pearlite) comes from the French word perle which means pearl, in reference to the "pearly" luster of classic perlite.

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