jelly bean


Definition of jelly bean

: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

Examples of jelly bean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These beads, each only a millimeter in diameter and the consistency of a jelly bean, are then put in a furnace that is injected with gases that break down in the oven, depositing thin layers of graphite and silicon carbide around the uranium kernel. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past," 30 June 2020 Easter used to really be important for kids, coloring Easter eggs, a basket full of goodies, from jelly beans to chocolate rabbits, a great holiday, right up there with Halloween and a close second to Christmas. Carl Nolte,, "We can’t gather at Lotta’s Fountain, but we can start a new ritual: Remembering the forgotten of 1906," 11 Apr. 2020 Carefully lay in a few jelly beans or chocolate eggs. Beth Segal, cleveland, "How to nest in place and still have an excellent Easter (recipes)," 10 Apr. 2020 Work for your candy: Make a homemade papier mache pinata, fill it with chocolate eggs, jelly beans and marshmallow Peeps. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No Easter Bunny visits and community egg hunts? How to celebrate Easter with your kids during the coronavirus shutdown," 30 Mar. 2020 On the junk food and candy front, jelly beans, gummy bears, Doritos, and Cheetos are all typically viewed the same. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "The Covid-19 pandemic has made canned foods, shelf-stable milk, and vodka seem better," 15 Apr. 2020 Leah ate Wednesday’s Passover dinner’s leftover matzo ball soup and gefilte fish for lunch on Easter Sunday, following their egg hunt and jelly bean snack. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "The Brewer family continues to weather the coronavirus pandemic," 13 Apr. 2020 This was an innovation as previous jelly bean candies only had a flavored outer shell. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Sweet History of Jelly Beans, and Why We Eat Them at Easter," 1 Apr. 2020 Stefan Hull, 42, who works in software and lives in Bethesda, Md., was sitting at the bar drinking bourbon and eating jelly beans, barely paying attention to what was unfolding on television., "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of jelly bean

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 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of jelly bean

: a candy that is shaped like a bean and has a hard sugar shell with a soft center

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Kids Definition of jelly bean

: a chewy bean-shaped candy

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