Definition of Perl in English:

Perl

noun

Computing
  • A high-level general-purpose programming language used especially for developing Web applications.

    • ‘Fortunately, many popular style files already have been translated into Perl.’
    • ‘The code is relatively simple yet will look odd to even the most experienced Perl programmers.’
    • ‘Hundreds of different templating systems exist, including several dozen written in Perl.’
    • ‘Programmers already competent in Perl and C will get the most from this book.’
    • ‘Overall, this book covers graphics programming in Perl in a logically ordered and balanced manner.’

Origin

1980s: respelling of pearl, arbitrarily chosen for its positive connotations.

Pronunciation:

Perl

/pərl/