Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

jell

play
verb \ˈjel\

Simple Definition of jell

  • : to become clear and definite

  • : to change into a thick substance that is like jelly

Full Definition of jell

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come to the consistency of jelly :  congeal, set

  3. 2 :  to take shape and achieve distinctness :  become cohesive

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause to jell

Examples of jell

  1. Our plans are finally starting to jell.

  2. Boil the jam until it begins to jell.



Origin of jell

back-formation from jelly


First Known Use: 1869

Rhymes with jell



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up jell? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 7, 2016

a slight offense

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet kittly-benders spindrift pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ