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
3 : jellyfish
4 : a state of fear or irresolution
5 : a shapeless structureless mass : pulp


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



Definition of jelly (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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

Synonyms for jelly

Synonyms: Verb

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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 From jelly shoes to acrylic rings, the last year saw the rise of nostalgia-inducing trends., 9 Sep. 2021 Their images would be featured on Smucker's jelly jars during episodes of Today. Lynette Rice,, 4 Sep. 2021 Our last method is a jelly, the result of cooking fruit to extract juice and pectin, then straining away the solids. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Colbert mused about how the Internet had suggestions for how to ingest ivermectin, either mixed in with a jelly or as a sandwich. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 TikTokers have swarmed their feeds with videos of putting honey in an empty bottle, freezing it and then pushing the liquid-turned-jelly out of the bottle and taking a bite. Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 Focusing on blemish-prone and hydration-seeking skin, the new line includes an exfoliating and brightening toner, a blemish-busting serum, an overnight jelly mask, a clarifying mask, a hydration serum, and pimple patches. Maggie Zhou,, 9 Aug. 2021 Tory Burch's beach-ready jelly flats and Cult Gaia's strappy sandals, which are perfect for outdoor weddings. Talia Abba, Glamour, 12 July 2021 After waiting for the honey to solidify, TikTokers trying the trend are posting videos of the end result, which is more of a cold jelly than a frozen popsicle. Greta Bjornson,, 28 July 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of jelly


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1590, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1931, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jelly


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


jeal(ous) + -y entry 1

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

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17 Sep 2021

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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


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


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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