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Examples of gelid in a sentence
the Titanic passengers could not long survive the gelid waters of the North Atlantic
the judge listened with the gelid detachment of someone who had heard it all before
Did You Know?
Gelid first appeared in English late in the 16th century, coming to our language from Latin gelidus, which ultimately derives from the noun gelu, meaning "frost" or "cold." (Our noun gelatin, which can refer to an edible jelly that undergoes a cooling process as part of its formation, comes from a related Latin word: gelare, meaning "to freeze.") Gelid is used in English to describe anything of extremely cold temperature (as in "the gelid waters of the Arctic Ocean"), but the word can also be used figuratively to describe a person with a cold demeanor (as in "the criminal's gelid stare").
Origin and Etymology of gelid
Latin gelidus, from gelu frost, cold — more at cold
First Known Use: 1599
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