• Pearly


    • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)li


    pearl + -y

    Full definition of pearly



    (countable and uncountable; plural pearlys)
    1. (uncountable, uncommon, dated) A pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
      • 1830, John Burnet, A practical treatise on painting, In nature we as often find the light cool as warm; also in the pictures of many of the Flemish and Dutch schools, where, as Sir Joshua himself mentions, " the silver gray or pearly is predominant, and are valued by the connoisseurs in proportion as they possess this excellence of a silver tint."
      • 1884, Pearly is that silky and often coloured lustre which renders of such value
      • 1899, When (the scales are) more developed and thickened, the color (pearly) is deepened, shading
    2. (countable, British, especially in plural) tooth



    1. Of a pale greyish white colour, tinted with blue.
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