jelly

noun
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

jelly

verb
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

jelly

adjective

Definition of jelly (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from jelly

Noun

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

My grandmother was an avid gardener and also canned her own jams and jellies. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Commercial jams and jellies may have added sugar in them. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 2018 Strawberry products including jams, jellies, pastries and pies will be available, along with fresh strawberries direct from Scantic Valley Farm. Courant Community, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 12 June 2018 Cordelia began selling jams and jellies made from their berries at their farm stand. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past," 6 June 2018 Two retail shops round out the mix: Market Place with Texas jams and jellies, local-artisan jewelry and accessories and Nosh & Bottle Market offers up craft beer and wine, epicurean products and gourmet prepared foods. Courtney Dabney, star-telegram, "This massive Irving entertainment complex has more to offer than just live music | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 The hottest trend in food in America over the last 30 years has been the celebration of honest authentic foods, cooked farm to table, honoring the family farm, and unique craft cooking like bread baking, putting up jams, jellies and pickles. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Chef and Minneapolis Native Andrew Zimmern Talks Bad Stadium Eats and the Twin Cities' Food Scene," 31 Jan. 2018 So in 2017, the library started to offer a simple afternoon snack each afternoon, normally a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, to students who stopped by after school. Sean Mcdonnell - Special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Medina Library helps hungry kids with snacks," 13 June 2019 Last month, a Rhode Island school district reversed a policy that would have made students with lunch debt eat cold sun butter and jelly sandwiches instead of hot lunch options. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "9-Year-Old Boy Pays Off School Lunch Debt for Classmates — and Sparks a National Discussion," 12 June 2019

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

Adjective

1931, in the meaning defined above

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

Adjective

jeal(ous) + -y entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near jelly

jellify

Jell-O

jelloped

jelly

jelly baby

jelly bag

jellyball

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Time Traveler for jelly

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

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jelly

noun

English Language Learners Definition of jelly

: a sweet and soft food made by boiling sugar and fruit juice until it is thick
British : a fruit-flavored dessert made with gelatin
old-fashioned : a food made from meat juices and gelatin

jelly

noun
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

jelly

noun
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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