jelly

noun
jel·​ly | \ ˈje-lē How to pronounce jelly (audio) \
plural jellies

Definition of jelly

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a soft somewhat elastic food product made usually with gelatin or pectin especially : a fruit product made by boiling sugar and the juice of fruit
2 : a substance resembling jelly in consistency
4 : a state of fear or irresolution
5 : a shapeless structureless mass : pulp

jelly

verb
jellied; jellying

Definition of jelly (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : jell
2 : to make jelly

transitive verb

: to bring to the consistency of jelly

jelly

adjective

Definition of jelly (Entry 3 of 3)

slang
: jealous "I'm jelly," declared Jon Osborne of Pardi's white, sparkly jacket, complete with flowers …— Taylor Weatherby

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Other Words from jelly

Noun

jellylike \ ˈjē-​lē-​ˌlīk How to pronounce jellylike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of jelly in a Sentence

Noun a selection of different jellies and jams He spread some jelly on his toast. a jar of grape jelly a peanut butter and jelly sandwich a meat glaze made with stock and jelly Verb this fruit juice is taking longer to jelly than I expected
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There might as well have been a poll tax or jelly-bean test for Black voters in Pleasant Grove. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: History keeps knocking at Alabama’s doors, some cities finally answer," 27 Aug. 2020 According to Jean of @fleur_memories, the colorful vegan-friendly jelly cake bases can be flavored with fruits such as lychee, blueberry, peach, mango, and green apple. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Stunning Jelly Cakes Are Edible Works of Art," 6 Aug. 2020 Not everyone wants a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Podcast: Vinny Eng on how SF New Deal has kept restaurants going through the pandemic," 22 June 2020 Growing up, Priya Krishna would trade in her mother’s homemade Indian lunches for peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches at school. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell Gently Tells Trump Why He Can’t Fire Neil Gorsuch," 15 June 2020 Yet all that fresh air and exercise can spark an appetite much bigger than energy bars and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Popular Science, "Lightweight camping stoves to help you make a woodland feast," 9 Apr. 2020 Find fresh recipes this week for blueberry muffins with the correct berry-to-batter ratio, steamed mantou buns, chicken piccata and peanut butter and jelly sandwich cookies. Los Angeles Times, "A critic’s favorite hack for a quick meal at home," 4 Apr. 2020 The Grill 1646 in Lincoln City will provide hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the next three weeks to kids who eat breakfast and lunch at schools in the Lincoln County School district. oregonlive, "How to get meals for kids while Oregon schools are closed due to coronavirus concerns," 17 Mar. 2020 Lunch bags have an apple, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, string cheese and fruit. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "How one Phoenix school is keeping kids fed through the COVID-19 pandemic," 16 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The depths are a swirl of tapioca, agar-agar and basil seeds like a hundred tiny eyes, jellied on the outside with a crunch within. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Burmese Cuisine, a New York Rarity, at Rangoon Spoon," 24 May 2018 From here, the longest run in the region is a leg-jellying 15 kilometer, 2,000-meter descent back down to Gaislachkogl. CNN, "Solden: The ski resort with a James Bond museum," 26 Oct. 2017 And according to TMZ, Miller will be noshing this first week on jellied toast for breakfast, hamburgers and fruit for lunch, sandwiches and wraps for dinner, and weekend meals of sloppy Joes and tacos. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "Dance Moms' Abby Lee Miller Goes to Prison: Inside the Place She Could Spend the Next 366 Days," 12 July 2017 Meanwhile their neighbors engaged in a range of menial tasks, including gluing together matchbooks by hand and selling vintage snacks (jellied eel, anyone?) from street carts. Meredith Blake, latimes.com, "Little food, no showers, but at least no one had cholera: what it was like to star in 'Victorian Slum House'," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of jelly

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jelly

Noun

Middle English gelly, from Anglo-French gelee, from feminine of gelé, past participle of geler to freeze, congeal, from Latin gelare — more at cold

Adjective

jeal(ous) + -y entry 1

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Time Traveler for jelly

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The first known use of jelly was in the 14th century

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4 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jelly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jelly. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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jelly

noun
How to pronounce jelly (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of jelly

: a sweet and soft food made by boiling sugar and fruit juice until it is thick
British : a fruit-flavored dessert made with gelatin
old-fashioned : a food made from meat juices and gelatin

jelly

noun
jel·​ly | \ ˈje-lē How to pronounce jelly (audio) \
plural jellies

Kids Definition of jelly

: a soft springy food made from fruit juice boiled with sugar, from meat juices, or from gelatin

Other Words from jelly

jellylike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

jelly

noun
jel·​ly | \ ˈjel-ē How to pronounce jelly (audio) \
plural jellies

Medical Definition of jelly

1 : a soft somewhat elastic food product made usually with gelatin or pectin especially : a fruit product made by boiling sugar and the juice of fruit
2 : a substance resembling jelly in consistency: as
a : a transparent elastic gel
b : a semisolid medicated or cosmetic preparation often having a gum base and usually intended for local application ephedrine jelly
c : a jellylike preparation used in electrocardiography to obtain better conduction of electricity electrode jelly

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