pearl

pearl
pearl [ pɜrl ] noun *
1. ) count a small round jewel that is white and shiny and that grows inside the shell of an OYSTER:
a string of pearls
a pearl necklace
a ) an artificial jewel like this
2. ) uncount a hard substance that is inside some shells and looks shiny like a pearl: MOTHER-OF-PEARL:
pearl buttons
3. ) count usually singular someone or something considered very good, valuable, or beautiful:
Singapore is sometimes described as the pearl of the Orient.
4. ) count OLD-FASHIONED a stupid remark made by someone that is very funny:
He came out with some absolute pearls.
cast pearls before swine
to offer something good or helpful to someone who does not value it
pearls of wisdom HUMOROUS
things that someone says when they are trying to seem wise. This phrase usually shows that you think what someone has said sounds stupid.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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