jelly bean


: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One user took it a step further by adding jelly beans for an Easter treat. Hollyanna Mccollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Mar. 2023 To distract him, he was given a jelly bean. Justin Spike, Ghaith Alsayed And Suzan Fraser, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2023 Host a jelly bean or candy corn counting contest. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, 12 Oct. 2020 This caught my eye because the look, while multicoloured, still feels minimalist and cohesive, not like a rainbow of jelly bean colours — similar to a gradient manicure but not so on the nose. Megan Decker,, 31 Mar. 2023 That's enough jelly beans to circle the globe not once, not twice, but three times — or to fill a plastic egg the size of a nine-story building. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, House Beautiful, 9 Mar. 2023 There were people to asked to count the number of bubbles in a bar of soap, the number of jelly beans in a jar. CBS News, 5 Mar. 2023 Then fill it with favorite Easter candies like jelly beans, chocolate eggs, or colorful gummies. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 23 Feb. 2023 Made with natural flavors (strawberry, coconut, cherry, and another flavor that is speculated to be either black currant, grape, or cranberry) and colored with hues from fruit and veggie extracts, these little heart-shape candies are a jelly bean lover’s dream come true. Hollyanna Mccollom, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jelly bean was in 1886

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“Jelly bean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

jelly bean

: a sugar-glazed bean-shaped candy

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