Definition of pearly king noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


pearly king

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(in London) a man who on special occasions wears dark clothes covered in thousands of small shiny buttons. A pearly queen is a woman who does the same. This is a tradition among the people who sell fruit and vegetables from carts in the streets, but is now only done for tourists and to collect money for charities.