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English definition of “pearly king/queen”

pearly king/queen

noun [C]   UK
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
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