jelly

noun
jel·​ly | \ˈje-lē \
plural jellies

Definition of jelly 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

3 : jellyfish

4 : a state of fear or irresolution

5 : a shapeless structureless mass : pulp

jelly

verb
jellied; jellying

Definition of jelly (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : jell

2 : to make jelly

transitive verb

: to bring to the consistency of jelly

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Other Words from jelly

Noun

jellylike \ˈjē-​lē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for jelly

Synonyms: Verb

clot, coagulate, congeal, gel, gelate, gelatinize, jell, set

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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

His central discovery was centered on a North American jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, sometimes called the crystal jelly. Harrison Smith, The Seattle Times, "Osamu Shimomura, atomic blast survivor and Nobel-winning chemist, dies at 90," 23 Oct. 2018 For a sweet treat, go for the coffee jelly, which is topped with frothy milk and served with sugar on the side. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 The resurgent food court offers an abundance of handheld concoctions, from sake-poached octopus tostadas to fancy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 Students and families, some of whom rely on schools to feed their children as well as teach them, could pick up food at Burke Street during the stoppage — applesauce and milk, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips. Sarah Larimer, Washington Post, "West Virginia teachers traded classrooms for picket lines. Here’s how that impacted parents.," 28 Feb. 2018 Her family and her significant other's family have been sucked into the peanut butter and jelly madness. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Teachers and volunteers are making sure 600,000 students don’t go hungry during walkout," 25 Apr. 2018 What makes the game especially hilarious, though, is that the entire world is built around the same jelly effect. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Super Mario becomes a surreal physics experiment in this free browser game," 9 Apr. 2018 Listen up and chow down: Peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and Brews & Bites. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 Things-to-do this week in the southwest suburbs," 9 July 2018 Jams and jellies, pottery, purses, cheeses, and specialty foods are among the other great products that show up each week at the Wethersfield Farmers Market. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "Wethersfield Farmers Market In Full Swing," 12 June 2018

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

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

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Dictionary Entries near jelly

jellify

Jell-O

jelloped

jelly

jelly baby

jelly bag

jellyball

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

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More Definitions for jelly

jelly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jelly

: a sweet and soft food made by boiling sugar and fruit juice until it is thick

: a fruit-flavored dessert made with gelatin

: a food made from meat juices and gelatin

jelly

noun
jel·​ly | \ˈje-lē \
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 \
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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