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

The Manolo Blahnik-loving character is back in a Super Bowl ad alongside Jeff Bridges (who took his jellies out of retirement to portray The Dude from The Big Lebowski). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch Sarah Jessica Parker Revive Carrie Bradshaw in Stella's Epic Super Bowl Ad," 3 Feb. 2019 CosRX has a lightweight texture, but sits closer to the jelly end of the spectrum and feels a little sticky to the touch. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "CosRX's Snail Essence Gave Me the Dewiest Skin of My Life," 3 Dec. 2018 We were instructed to apply the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $82, which is a daily chemical and physical exfoliant, and add a jelly mask right on top, without rinsing first. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "6 Things I Learned From Natural Skin-Care Legend Tata Harper," 25 Sep. 2018 There was a jellyfish jelly, with redwood tip infusion and pine syrup at the end of the meal. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 July 2018 Inspired by Patron's Margarita of the Year cocktail, DelaCruz's rose petal donut is filled with cream and a spicy ginger-jalapeno margarita jelly, covered in a sweet tequila frosting, and then topped off with sheets of edible silver and platinum. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "This Is What A $150 Donut Tastes Like," 29 Apr. 2016 The team is also making batteries out of pectin, a plant compound used as a gelling agent in jams and jellies. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "You Can Swallow This Battery," 24 Aug. 2016 Some of his models wore protective nylon rain veils; others donned synthetic ensembles in jelly-bean colors whose practical aspects were overshadowed by their decorative, feminine qualities. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Inspired by Craig Green’s Fall 2019 Lineup, a Look at Fantastic Plastics in Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 Hanukkah smells like fresh potato latkes with applesauce and boxes of warm jelly donuts from the corner market. Country Living, "These Candles Will Remind You of Your Favorite Childhood Memories," 8 Aug. 2017

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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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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