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jelly

noun jel·ly \ ˈje-lē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of jelly

plural jellies
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

jellylike

play \ˈjē-lē-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of jelly in a Sentence

  1. a selection of different jellies and jams

  2. He spread some jelly on his toast.

  3. a jar of grape jelly

  4. a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

  5. a meat glaze made with stock and jelly

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Origin and Etymology of 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


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jelly

verb

Definition of jelly

jellied; jellying
intransitive verb
1 : jell
2 : to make jelly
transitive verb
: to bring to the consistency of jelly

Examples of jelly in a Sentence

  1. this fruit juice is taking longer to jelly than I expected

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First Known Use of jelly

1590

jelly Synonyms



JELLY Defined for English Language Learners

jelly

noun

Definition of jelly for English Language Learners

  • : 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


JELLY Defined for Kids

jelly

noun jel·ly \ ˈje-lē \

Definition of jelly for Students

plural jellies
: a soft springy food made from fruit juice boiled with sugar, from meat juices, or from gelatin

jellylike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

jelly

noun jel·ly \ ˈjel-ē \

medical Definition of jelly

plural jellies
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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