Meaning of “pearl” in the English Dictionary

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"pearl" in British English

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pearlnoun

uk /pɜːl/ us /pɝːl/

[ C or U ] a small, round object, usually white, that forms around a grain of sand inside the shell of a sea creature, especially an oyster. Pearls are valuable and are used to make jewellery:

a string of pearls
a pearl necklace
pearls [ plural ]

jewellery made from pearls:

He gave her pearls for her birthday.

[ C ] an artificially made pearl:

cultured pearls

[ C ] literary a small drop of liquid:

There were pearls of dew on the grass.

[ U ] the white shiny colour of pearl or a pale colour

[ U ] →  mother-of-pearl :

pearl buttons

(Definition of “pearl” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pearlnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɜrl/

a small, shiny, hard ball, usually white or blue-gray, that forms around a grain of sand inside some oyster shells and is valued as a jewel:

a string of pearls

(Definition of “pearl” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)