• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pearl-powder a cosmetic for improving the appearance of the skin
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perle, acc. to Diez, prob. either a corr. of L. pirula, a dim. of pirum, a pear, or of L. pilula, dim. of pila, a ball.


In literature:

She had used the pink powder, put on a beautiful white dress, carefully arranged her hair, and she wore the pearl ornament.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
Ah what a thing pearl-powder is, when one knows how to use it!
"The Law and the Lady" by Wilkie Collins
He dared not touch her cheeks, for fear of disturbing the pearl powder.
"The Malady of the Century" by Max Nordau
But still, through the paleness, there was the faintest possible tinge of pink colour shining through the translucent pearl powder.
"The Eustace Diamonds" by Anthony Trollope
A table-spoonful of this liquid is equal to a small tea-spoonful of pearl-ash in the lump or powder.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
A "young" lady of 60, given to rouge, pearl-powder, and cosmetics.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
She wore long pearl ear-rings, and her narrow, melancholy face was delicately rouged and powdered.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The head-dress surmounting the powdered hair is of white satin with seed-pearl ornaments.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
The face, and arms, and neck must be made as white as possible by the use of pearl-powder.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
With that pearl-powder they cover the paganism that is dearer to them than the glory of Christ.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
Sir Edward Spencer's eye-salve was rich in powdered pearls.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
She was, as usual, a marvel of beflounced silk, false curls, rouge, and pearl powder.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
And yet her angry flush was inartistic, through so much pearl powder.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Very beautiful at a distance, if you do not go close and see the rouge and pearl powder.
"Here and There in London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
On his head was a crown of laurel powdered with gold-dust and pearls.
"The Fairy School of Castle Frank" by Grant Balfour
One of the sailors crushed a string of pearls under his foot, and ground it to powder upon the marble floor.
"The Gold Brick" by Ann S. Stephens
There was a layer of pearl-powder on the Virgin's cheeks.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
It had a border the daintiest I ever beheld, all powdered with gold and pearls.
"The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6" by E. Rameur
It had a border the daintiest I ever beheld, all powdered with gold and pearls.
"Constance Sherwood" by Lady Georgiana Fullerton

In poetry:

Here early rising from a sinless bed
How sweet it were to view Aurora shed
Her first white glances o’er the dusky wood,
When powdered as with pearls the sprays all gleam
Through the grey dawn, like prophecies of good
Or like some fairy dream.
"A Poet's Home" by Charles Harpur