jelly bean


: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

Examples of jelly bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Be advised that some products, such as black jelly beans or Good & Plenty, are mixtures of different candies that contain both anise oil and licorice extract. Bill Sullivan, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2024 The companies are fighting to hold on to consumers tempted to defect from chocolate in favor of jelly beans, salty snacks or other rival treats. John Towfighi, CNN, 28 Mar. 2024 And instead of jelly beans, chocolate and coins, the grown-ups get miniature bottles of alcohol and larger denominations of cash. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 There were four or five props, a few jelly beans for the kids. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 29 Feb. 2024 There's something so hilarious to me about a single jelly bean. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 29 Feb. 2024 Pour through strainer into a coupe glass and garnish with a few jelly beans. Emily Price, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Room Essentials Figural Flower Snack Bowl Your candy eggs, jelly beans, or marshmallow Peeps need a festive home, and this blooming flower bowl is it. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 15 Mar. 2024 The scents in this five-pack are jelly bean, sour apple, bubble gum, tutti frutti, and cotton candy. Maya Polton, Parents, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of jelly bean was in 1886

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“Jelly bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

jelly bean

: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

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