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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
be dripping with jewels/gems/pearls etc
▪ All the princes were dripping with gems.
cultured pearl
imitation fur/pearls/silk/leather etc (=something that looks like an expensive material but is a copy of it)
▪ an imitation fur coat
pearl barley
pearl/gold/diamond etc necklace
▪ She was wearing a coral necklace.
seed pearl
▪ Jewels to match the colour of their eyes, or their hair, or their skin. Black pearls.
▪ She is wearing a black dress and pearls, and a stole is strewn on the front seat.
▪ Night after night they sat in the kitchen, adding frills of lace and clusters of tiny artificial pearls.
▪ She was wearing peach silk camiknickers with tiny pearl buttons and trimmed with peach lace.
▪ What use are pearl earrings to you?
▪ I loved the pointy beard and razor-sharp eyes, the pearl earring fixed in his left lobe.
▪ It was a pair of pearl earrings.
▪ A pearl necklace had broken and two liveried servants scrabbled on hands and knees to retrieve the jewels.
▪ It's as if somebody put June Cleaver's pearl necklace and apron on Madonna.
▪ In her most notorious photographs she wears only her triple-string pearl necklace.
▪ Anne's pearl necklace adorned her throat, and her gold ring the third finger of Joan's left hand.
▪ Meanwhile, in another small saucepan, combine pearl onions and sugar with water to cover barely.
▪ Peel the pearl onions, but leave the root largely intact so the onions hold together.
▪ Add pearl onions and currants and simmer until partridge is very tender, about 30 minutes longer.
▪ She shall go all in grey and you shall lend her your seed pearls.
▪ He bought her a ring, with little seed pearls and a sapphire.
▪ Each time, count how many wild-type adults you find and how many pearl eye adults.
▪ All I know is that I never before found a pearl, while tonight all but two mussels have them.
▪ They were slim, pale and elegant, and she wore colourless or pearl nail varnish.
▪ All the bridesmaids carried posies of spring flowers, and wore antique pearl and gold necklaces and bracelets.
▪ Blue suited her and she'd worn her pearl and diamond brooch because he wanted everyone to see it.
a rope of pearls
string of pearls/lights/beads etc
▪ A string of lights on the prom Dancing mad in the storm Who lives in such a place?
▪ A string of pearls was around her neck, and the bones of her right hand clutched a Bible.
▪ Beads can choke babies if swallowed, and long strings of beads can also half-strangle older children.
▪ Careful inspection of the image showed what looked like a string of pearls embedded in a bright haze.
▪ There was a cavity beneath with a string of pearls in it.
▪ When the harbor across the bay becomes a string of lights, foghorns take up the bass.
pearl buttons
Pearls of dew sparkled on the grass.
▪ a pearl-colored dress
▪ a pearl of a wife
▪ a string of pearls
▪ He noticed she was wearing a string of cheap pearls about her neck.
▪ If their complexion was their most celebrated feature, then perhaps a long necklace of perfect pearls.
▪ Island craftsmen make everything from leather goods and raffia to local pottery and beautiful hand-made jewellery using the famous Majorcan pearls.
▪ The sight of those fracturing red pearls comforted Gao Ma.
▪ You show me a tweed-skirted twinset and pearl wearer, and I guarantee there's a scarlet bustier pulsating beneath.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Brill \Brill\, n. [Cf. Corn. brilli mackerel, fr. brith streaked, speckled.] (Zo["o]l.) A fish allied to the turbot ( Rhombus levis), much esteemed in England for food; -- called also bret, pearl, prill. See Bret. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-13c., from Old French perle (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin perla (mid-13c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Vulgar Latin *pernula, diminutive of Latin perna, which in Sicily meant "pearl," earlier "sea-mussel," literally "ham, haunch, gammon," so called for the shape of the mollusk shells.\n

\nOther theories connect it with the root of pear, also somehow based on shape, or Latin pilula "globule," with dissimilation. The usual Latin word for "pearl" was margarita (see margarite).\n

\nFor pearls before swine, see swine. Pearl Harbor translates Hawaiian Wai Momi, literally "pearl waters," so named for the pearl oysters found there; transferred sense of "effective sudden attack" is attested from 1942 (in reference to Dec. 7, 1941).


n. 1 A shelly concretion, usually rounded, and having a brilliant luster, with varying tints, found in the mantle, or between the mantle and shell, of certain bivalve mollusks, especially in the pearl oysters and river mussels, and sometimes in certain univalves. It is usually due to a secretion of shelly substance around some irritating foreign particle. Its substance is the same as nacre, or mother-of-pearl. Round lustrous pearls are used in jewellery. 2 (context figuratively English) Something precious. 3 A capsule of gelatin or similar substance containing liquid for e.g. medicinal application. 4 nacre, or mother-of-pearl. 5 A whitish speck or film on the eye. 6 A fish allied to the turbot; the brill. 7 A light-colored tern. 8 One of the circle of tubercle which form the bur on a deer's antler. 9 (context uncountable typography printing dated English) The size of type between diamond and agate, standardized as 5-point. 10 A fringe or border. 11 (context obsolete English) A jewel or gem. vb. 1 To set or adorn with pearls, or with mother-of-pearl. Used also figuratively. 2 To cause to resemble pearls; to make into small round grains; as, to pearl barley. 3 To resemble pearl or pearls. 4 To give or hunt for pearls; as, to go pearling. 5 (context surfing English) to dig the nose of one's surfboard into the water, often on takeoff.

  1. n. a smooth lustrous round structure inside the shell of a clam or oyster; much valued as a jewel

  2. a shade of white the color of bleached bones [syn: bone, ivory, off-white]

  3. a shape that is small and round; "he studied the shapes of low-viscosity drops"; "beads of sweat on his forehead" [syn: drop, bead]


v. gather pearls, from oysters in the ocean

Pearl, IL -- U.S. village in Illinois
Population (2000): 187
Housing Units (2000): 96
Land area (2000): 1.506776 sq. miles (3.902531 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.086843 sq. miles (0.224922 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 1.593619 sq. miles (4.127453 sq. km)
FIPS code: 58343
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 39.458611 N, 90.624433 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 62361
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Pearl, IL
Pearl, MS -- U.S. city in Mississippi
Population (2000): 21961
Housing Units (2000): 9128
Land area (2000): 21.832393 sq. miles (56.545635 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.216072 sq. miles (0.559625 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 22.048465 sq. miles (57.105260 sq. km)
FIPS code: 55760
Located within: Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
Location: 32.271979 N, 90.105266 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 39208
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Pearl, MS

A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes ( baroque pearls) occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.

The most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls. Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those currently sold. Imitation pearls are also widely sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the quality of their iridescence is usually very poor and is easily distinguished from that of genuine pearls. Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past were also used to adorn clothing. They have also been crushed and used in cosmetics, medicines and paint formulations.

Whether wild or cultured, gem-quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, like the interior of the shell that produces them. However, almost all species of shelled mollusks are capable of producing pearls (technically "calcareous concretions") of lesser shine or less spherical shape. Although these may also be legitimately referred to as "pearls" by gemological labs and also under U.S. Federal Trade Commission rules, and are formed in the same way, most of them have no value except as curiosities.

Pearl (poem)

Pearl ( Middle English: Perle) is a late 14th-century Middle English poem by an unknown author. With elements of medieval allegory and dream vision genre, the poem is written in a North-West Midlands variety of Middle English and highly—though not consistently— alliterative; there is a complex system of stanza linking and other stylistic features.

A father, mourning the loss of his "perle [pearl]", falls asleep in a garden; in his dream he encounters the 'Pearl-maiden'—a beautiful and heavenly woman—standing across a stream in a strange landscape. In response to his questioning and attempts to obtain her, she answers with Christian doctrine. Eventually she shows him an image of the Heavenly City, and herself as part of the retinue of Christ the Lamb. When the Dreamer attempts to cross the stream, he awakens suddenly from his dream and reflects on its significance.

The poem survives in a single manuscript, the Cotton Nero A.x, which includes two other religious narrative poems: Patience, and Cleanness, and the romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. All are thought to be by the same author, dubbed the " Pearl poet" or " Gawain poet", on the evidence of stylistic and thematic similarities.

Pearl (disambiguation)

A pearl is a hard object produced by mollusks.

Pearl may also refer to:

PEARL (programming language)

PEARL, or Process and experiment automation realtime language, is a computer programming language designed for multitasking and real-time programming. Being a high-level language, it is fairly cross-platform. Since 1977, the language has been going under several standardization steps by the Deutsches Institut für Normung. The current version is PEARL-90, which was standardized in 1998 as DIN 66253-2.

PEARL is not to be confused with the similarly named Perl, an entirely unrelated programming language created by Larry Wall in 1987.

Pearl (TV series)

Pearl is an American television sitcom which aired on CBS from September 16, 1996 until June 25, 1997. The series starred Rhea Perlman, in what was her return to television after the conclusion of her long-running series Cheers three years earlier. Don Reo created the series, and Perlman served as an executive producer alongside Reo, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas and Gary S. Levine. Pearl was produced by Impact Zone Productions and Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Pearl (album)

Pearl is the second and final solo studio album by Janis Joplin, released posthumously on Columbia Records, catalogue KC 30322, in January 1971. It was also released simultaneously in a 4 channel Quadraphonic format in the U.S., catalogue number CQ 30322, and in Japan as SOPN 90 and a foil type cover with obi as SOPN 44005. It was the final album with her direct participation, and the only Joplin album recorded with the Full Tilt Boogie Band, her final touring unit. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200, holding that spot for nine weeks. It has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA.

Pearl (miniseries)

Pearl is a 1978 American miniseries on ABC about events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It starred a large cast, notably Dennis Weaver, Tiana Alexandra, Robert Wagner, Angie Dickinson, Brian Dennehy, Lesley Ann Warren, Gregg Henry, Max Gail, Richard Anderson, Marion Ross, Audra Lindley, Char Fontane, Katherine Helmond and Adam Arkin. To keep production costs manageable, the scenes of the attack were footage originally shot for the film Tora! Tora! Tora!; the miniseries also used newly dubbed footage of So Yamamura to portray the Japanese commander of the attack.

Pearl (literary magazine)

Pearl was an American literary journal published between 1974 and 2014 in Long Beach, California.

Pearl (magazine)
Pearl (given name)

Pearl is a primarily feminine given name derived from the English word pearl, a hard, roundish object produced within the soft tissue of a living, shelled mollusk. Pearls are commonly used in jewelry-making. The pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. Pearls have been associated with innocence and modesty. Because it comes from the sea, it also has associations with the moon and with water. Pearls are also traditionally considered appropriate jewelry for debutantes and brides.

Pearl came into popular use along with other gemstone names during the late Victorian Era. It may also have been inspired by the name Margaret, which means "pearl." In Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, heroine Hester Prynne names her illegitimate daughter Pearl because the child is "of great price, purchased with all she had, her mother's only treasure." The passage refers to the Parable of the Pearl in the New Testament. The gates to Heaven are also commonly pictured as made of pearl.

It was among the 50 most popular names for girls born in the United States between 1880 and 1911, remained among the top 100 most popular names for girls between 1911 and 1926 and remained among the top 500 most popular names for girls in the United States until 1960. It was last ranked among the top 1,000 names for girls born in the United States in 1986 before it returned to the top 1,000 in 2007, when it was ranked at No. 993. It rose to No. 814 by 2011 and was given to 327 American girls born in that year. The name was among the top 1,000 names given to boys in the United States between 1880 and 1939. The name was the 223rd most common name for women and girls in the United States in the 1990 census. Authors Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz noted in their 2007 book The Baby Name Bible that Pearl is in fashion again with hipster parents in the United States.

Pearl can also be a surname, one which is common among Jews.

Pearl (radio play)

Pearl is a 1978 radio play by award-winning English playwright John Arden. Set in England in the 1640s, the play concerns a young Irish political operative named Pearl, who, with playwright Tom Backhouse, attempts to sway the political climate in favor of the British Parliament, as part of a plan to achieve Irish sovereignty.

Pearl (color)

The color pearl is a pale tint of off-white. It is a representation of the average color of a pearl.

The first recorded use of pearl as a color name in English was in 1604.

The color used in interior design when an off-white tint is desired.

Pearl (cultural festival)

Pearl is the annual cultural fest of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus. It consists of a variety of events in music, dance, theatre, arts, photography, VFX, quizzing and literary activities. It had its inception in 2009 as an intra-college festival, a year after the foundation of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad.

Pearl (surname)

Pearl is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Bruce Pearl (born 1960), American college basketball coach
  • Daniel Pearl (1963–2002), American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan
  • Judea Pearl (born 1936), computer scientist and philosopher
  • Minnie Pearl (1912–1996), American country comedian
  • Raymond Pearl (1879–1940), American biologist
  • Steven Pearl (born 1955), American comedian
  • Richard Perle (born 1941), American political advisor
Pearl (drag queen)

Pearl, occasionally known as Pearl Liaison, is the stage name of American drag performer and record producer Matthew James Lent. Lent garnered fame through competing on the seventh season of RuPaul's Drag Race, finishing joint runner-up. He released his debut album Pleasure on June 2, 2015. His debut fragrance, Flazéda was released on June 30, 2015.

Pearl (Steven Universe)

Pearl is a fictional character from the 2013 animated series Steven Universe, created by Rebecca Sugar. She is a "Gem", a fictional alien being that exists as a magical gemstone projecting a holographic body. Pearl is a character with a low self-esteem due to the way she is treated in Gem society. She is frequently praised for being a positive depiction of a queer character, though her strong obsession with fellow character Rose Quartz has been described as "unhealthy".

Usage examples of "pearl".

From other ships he looted cargoes of lapis, pearls, amber, diamonds, rubies, carnelian, ambergris, jade, ivory, and lignum vitae.

Pearl, unpack and hang everything up carefully, iron things that had wrinkled, take a bath, put on the pajamas she usually wore when she slept without me, get in bed with Pearl, have a half cup of frozen chocolate yogurt sweetened with aspartame, and watch a movie.

He had earned his own wings as a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, and had tried to get back in the Navy after Pearl Harbor.

Mr Richardson, you will take the Pearl aviso with four good hands and run up to Port-Louis, find the Staunch, and bring her down.

Pearl of the Mascarenes, the fastest aviso in the island, lay champing at her buoy.

We saw her in fantastic dresses of silk and lace, edged with turquoise filigree, white gowns, and yellow hats, waving a fan of blue feathers, with expensive bangles of silver and gold weighing her arms, and necklaces of pearl and jade round her neck.

Hennessys continued on to the Continental Hotel to meet with Monsieur Jules Barat, the pearl buyer.

Tyndall sometimes accompanied Olivia during the pearl sale negotiations with Monsieur Barat, but sat back and let her handle the delicate interplay and exchanges before agreeing on a price.

Monsieur Barat did not take his eyes off the pearls but nodded in agreement.

A foreign simile would be to liken Basho to a pearl, and Buson to a diamond.

It was the first white men who ventured through Melanesia after the early explorers, who developed beche de mer English--men such as the beche de mer fishermen, the sandalwood traders, the pearl hunters, and the labour recruiters.

She told me of a house in the Marais, where according to her dwelt the pearl of midwives, and began telling me some stories of her exploits, which all went to prove that the woman was an infamous character.

The enclosure of the bema, with its columns and entablatures, was of silver gilt, and set with gems and pearls.

I wanted to drive deep into the Atchafalaya Swamp, past the confines of reason, into the past, into a world of lost dialects, gator hunters, busthead whiskey, moss harvesters, Jax beer, trotline runners, moonshiners, muskrat trappers, cockfights, bloodred boudin, a jigger of Jim Beam lowered into a frosted schooner of draft, outlaw shrimpers, dirty rice black from the pot, hogmeat cooked in rum, Pearl and Regal and Grand Prize and Lone Star iced down in washtubs, crawfish boiled with cob corn and artichokes, all of it on the tree-flooded, alluvial rim of the world, where the tides and the course of the sun were the only measures of time.

Besides, she had received a pearl necklace from the Cisalpine Republic, but of incomparably less value than that purchased from Fancier.