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1A hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem.
best, finest, top, pick, choice, choicest, prime, cream, prize, treasure, pearl, gem, jewel, the jewel in the crown, the crème de la crème, first class, elite, electView synonyms
- ‘He pulled out magnificent earrings with glistening pearls and emeralds dripping from them and then a glass cup with painted mermaids on it.’
- ‘It's all about defending the shiny bejeweled palace on the hill and guarding the precious pearls and birthstones hidden within.’
- ‘She even had on a pearl necklace and earrings to match.’
- ‘Her matching pearl earrings and necklace elegantly decorated her.’
- ‘It's a pair of pearl and diamond earrings and an 18 carat gold bangle.’
- ‘Next was another necklace - no, a choker - which was made of orange jewels and white pearls.’
- ‘Within it, there are gems, rubies, pearls and flawless diamonds.’
- ‘The dress had a pair of arm-length gloves, a pearl necklace and earrings, and a pair of glass high-heel dress shoes.’
- ‘The center jewel was a white pearl, large and round.’
- ‘She wore a crisp business suit, which was shown off by a pearl necklace and matching earrings.’
- ‘I always called the white flowers diamonds or pearls.’
- ‘He could see the potential for lobster farming and later in Australia would experiment with the aquaculture of oysters, pearls, and pearl shells.’
- ‘A simple rhinestone or pearl necklace and earring set will enhance the look of your maids.’
- ‘Dawson brought from his jacket pocket the ring that Edric had spent months saving for, white gold with a pearl in the center that would match her wedding dress splendidly.’
- ‘The hem was trimmed with white beads, and pearls and rubies framed the neck.’
- ‘Some of the antique jewellery was studded with emeralds, ruby, zircons and pearls.’
- ‘Unconsciously, her hands worked to take off her small pearl earrings as she entered her room and closed the door behind her.’
- ‘She wore a pearl charm bracelet on her wrist and bounded down the stairs.’
- ‘She had changed from her khaki uniform to a more casual blue slacks, white pullover sweater and blue shoes, pearl earrings and a pearl necklace.’
- ‘In fact, the only piece of jewelry that she wore was a pearl necklace, matching pearl earrings, and a gold wedding ring encasing a ruby.’
- 1.1An artificial imitation of this.
- ‘He experimented with the artificial culture of pearls, by inserting grit to act as a nucleus around which the new pearl would form.’
- ‘Do you want natural, cultured, or imitation pearls?’
- ‘In her ears, were large pearls, obviously fakes, and she had a faux-pearl necklace to match.’
- ‘The set created by William II is comprised of a sword, an orb, a scepter and crown - all of silver gilt and set with imitation stones and pearls.’
- 1.2A necklace of pearls.
- ‘Men must wear a jacket and tie, and it would appear that some obscure rule forces all the women to wear a floral twin set and pearls.’
- ‘Like the sun in the morning and the moon at night, we expect the Tories to stick to their twinsets and pearls.’
- ‘Ditch the summer's clunky ethnic beads for lady-like pearls, vintage jewellery, an old-fashioned handbag, leather gloves and a flash of stocking.’
- ‘Always bedecked in classic pearls, a sparkling brooch, and a cozy cardigan, she clearly has accessorizing down pat.’
- ‘She wears twinsets and pearls, smiles graciously and says very little.’
- ‘She admits she was frumpish, in twinset and pearls, when she first met John.’
- ‘But I hasten to add that he is rarely ‘in charge’ in a way that would make me come off as a simpering blonde Liberal Party wife wearing a pink twin set and pearls.’
- ‘Thankfully there are no bare naked ladies at the Thirsk office, but neither are there any twin sets and pearls, not even a tweed skirt.’
- ‘How did we ever survive all those evenings of ‘plastic pottery’ and the unending blether from the representative, clad of course in the obligatory twin set and pearls?’
- ‘Jewellery, including pearls and tiaras, is available for hire or purchase.’
- ‘First we had the 45-year-old mother-of-two in twinset and pearls doing readings from her new children's book to a class of primary kids.’
- ‘She wore a particularly colourful twinset and pearls.’
- ‘Also on display are stringed natural pearls and chains with lockets that have American diamonds laid on silver plated with gold.’
- 1.3Something resembling a pearl in appearance.‘the sweat stood in pearls along his forehead’
- ‘The way it would warm cold and clammy skin, or make a pearl of sweat roll down my face.’
- ‘My skin was pale and clammy, and was covered in tiny pearls of sweat that slacked my hair into a messy drip.’
- ‘Suddenly the fleece jacket on your arm, well used in colder climes, weighs heavy and pearls of sweat appear on your brow.’
- ‘He closed his eyes; a pearl of sweat ran down his face.’
- ‘When I was walking home, the moon was simply gigantic; it was a luminous, celestial pearl.’
- 1.4short for mother-of-pearl
- 1.5A very pale bluish gray or white like the color of a pearl.
- ‘Its hues were of white, pearl, and alabaster, and it shone with pristine care and impeccable architecture.’
- ‘Call it what you will - lily white, creamy white, porcelain or pearl - I am still ghostly pale.’
- ‘Variations of green, pale and gentle, or a shimmer of apricot or pearl can perfectly set a great reading mood for pages with heavy content.’
- ‘There are five color options: nighthawk black pearl, opal beige, redrock pearl, satin silver metallic and silverstone metallic.’
- ‘Fashion critics adore her dresses in hand-dyed shades of pearl, frost, teal, grey and chocolate, worn over silk slip dresses.’
2A precious thing; the finest example of something.‘the nation's media were assembled to hear his pearls of wisdom’
finest example, finest specimen, choicest example, choicest specimen, best example, best specimen, showpiece, pearl, flower, pride, pride and joy, cream, crème de la crème, jewel in the crown, nonpareil, glory, wonder, prize, boast, pickView synonyms
- ‘Ladies and gentlemen, now welcome the loveliest pearl in our ocean, Yvonne.’
- ‘Even if they do, it's your Libran duty to transmute this irritating grit into your own precious pearl of personal wisdom.’
- ‘As Fr Brian says every child is a precious pearl and deserves to be treated as such.’
1literary Form pearllike drops.‘the juice on the blade pearled into droplets’
- ‘The perfect pear drop of a tear pearled at the side of his face.’
- ‘A hiccup broke his voice as tears pearled at the rim of his eyes.’
- ‘Blood pearled around the shaft of the arrow, bright red, and swelled there like a parasite until it crept down her cheek.’
- 1.1[with object]Make bluish-gray like a pearl.‘the peaked hills, blue and pearled with clouds’
2Dive or fish for pearl oysters.
- ‘Not so long ago trochus shelling, along with pearling and the taking of the sea cucumber were important fishery industries along the Great Barrier Reef and to the north and west of Australia.’
- ‘As soon as he realized the value that foreigners placed on pearls, he reserved pearling in Pearl Harbor for himself and employed commoners to dive.’
- ‘Fishing is one of the oldest industries in Kuwait, as are pearling and shipbuilding.’
- ‘Aside from Dubai City, a trading center which was then by far the largest town, they subsisted primarily on date production, fishing, pearling, and, for some centuries, piracy.’
pearls before swine
Valuable things offered or given to people who do not appreciate them.
- ‘Oh, but even as I write I can't shake the feeling that I'm casting pearls before swine; that you don't believe a word of this, that you remain suspicious of my motives.’
- ‘As a general rule, I advise against casting pearls before swine.’
- ‘It was a true case of casting pearls before swine.’
Late Middle English: from Old French perle, perhaps based on Latin perna leg extended to denote a leg-of-mutton-shaped bivalve.
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