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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pearl1 /pɝl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Invertebrates[countable] a smooth, rounded bead, formed within the shells of oysters, valued as a gem.
  2. Jewelry[countable] something resembling this, as in costume jewelry.
  3. [countable] something precious or choice:pearls of wisdom.
  4. [uncountable] a pale gray, often with a bluish tinge.
  5. Jewelrymother-of-pearl.

adj. [before a noun]
  • of or resembling a pearl.
  • pearl•y, adj., -i•er, -i•est. 

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    pearl1  (pûrl), 
    n. 
    1. Invertebrates, Jewelrya smooth, rounded bead formed within the shells of certain mollusks and composed of the mineral aragonite or calcite in a matrix, deposited in concentric layers as a protective coating around an irritating foreign object: valued as a gem when lustrous and finely colored. Cf.cultured pearl. 
    2. Jewelrysomething resembling this, as various synthetic substances for use in costume jewelry.
    3. something similar in form, luster, etc., as a dewdrop or a capsule of medicine.
    4. something precious or choice;
      the finest example of anything:pearls of wisdom.
    5. a very pale gray approaching white but commonly with a bluish tinge.
    6. Jewelrymother-of-pearl:a pearl-handled revolver.
    7. Printing[Print.]a 5-point type.
    8. PathologyAlso called epithelial pearl. [Pathol.]a rounded mass of keratin occurring in certain carcinomas of the skin.
    9. Idiomscast pearls before swine, to offer or give something of great value to those incapable of appreciating it:She read them Shakespeare but it was casting pearls before swine.

    v.t. 
  • to adorn or stud with or as with pearls.
  • to make like pearls, as in form or color.

  • v.i. 
  • to dive, fish, or search for pearls.
  • to assume a pearllike form or appearance.

  • adj. 
  • resembling a pearl in form or color.
  • of or pertaining to pearls:pearl diving.
  • Jewelryset with a pearl or pearls or covered or inlaid with pearls or mother-of-pearl:a pearl necklace.
  • having or reduced to small, rounded grains.
  • Etymology:
    • Italian or assumed Vulgar Latin *perla ( German Perle, Old English pærl), for Latin *pernula ( Portuguese perola, perh. Old Saxon përula), diminutive of Latin perna sea mussel
    • Middle French
    • Middle English perle 1300–50
    pearler, n. 
    pearlish, adj. 
    pearllike′, adj. 

    pearl2  (pûrl), 
    v.t., v.i., n. 

      Clothingpurl1.

    Pearl  (pûrl), 
    n. 
    1. Place Namesa town in central Mississippi. 20,778.
    2. a female given name.


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    pearl /pɜːl/ n
    1. a hard smooth lustrous typically rounded structure occurring on the inner surface of the shell of a clam or oyster: consists of calcium carbonate secreted in layers around an invading particle such as a sand grain; much valued as a gem
    2. any artificial gem resembling this
    3. See mother-of-pearl
    4. a person or thing that is like a pearl, esp in beauty or value
    5. a pale greyish-white colour, often with a bluish tinge
    adj
    1. of, made of, or set with pearl or mother-of-pearl
    2. having the shape or colour of a pearl
    vb
    1. (transitive) to set with or as if with pearls
    2. to shape into or assume a pearl-like form or colour
    3. (intransitive) to dive or search for pearls
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin pernula (unattested), from Latin perna sea mussel
    pearl /pɜːl/ n , vb
    1. a variant spelling of purl1, purl1, purl1




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