Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pearly king/queen”

pearly king/queen

noun [C] uk   UK us  
A pearly king and pearly queen are a particular man and woman from London who have the right to dress in special black clothes covered with pearl buttons, in order to collect money for charity.Charity organizationsGenerous and charitable
(Definition of pearly king/queen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pearly king/queen?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “pearly king/queen”

Word of the Day

knack

a skill or an ability to do something easily and well

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More