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jelly

[jel-ee]
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noun, plural jel·lies.
  1. a food preparation of a soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of gelatin, pectin, etc., especially fruit juice boiled down with sugar and used as a sweet spread for bread and toast, as a filling for cakes or doughnuts, etc.
  2. any substance having the consistency of jelly.
  3. Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
  4. a plastic sandal or shoe.
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verb (used with or without object), jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.
  1. to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
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adjective
  1. containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied: jelly apples.
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Origin of jelly

1350–1400; Middle English gely < Old French gelee frozen jelly < Medieval Latin gelāta frozen, equivalent to Latin gel- freeze + -āta -ate1; cf. gel, cold
Related formsjel·ly·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for jellies

jellies

pl n
  1. British slang gelatine capsules of temazepam, dissolved and injected as a recreational drug
  2. Also called: jelly shoes shoes made from brightly coloured transparent plastic
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from gelatine

jelly1

noun plural -lies
  1. a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatineUS and Canadian trademark: Jell-o
  2. a preserve made from the juice of fruit boiled with sugar and used as jam
  3. a savoury food preparation set with gelatine or with a strong gelatinous stock and having a soft elastic consistencycalf's-foot jelly
  4. anything having the consistency of jelly
  5. informal a coloured gelatine filter that can be fitted in front of a stage or studio light
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verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. to jellify
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Derived Formsjelly-like, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from geler to set hard, from Latin gelāre, from gelu frost

jelly2

noun
  1. British a slang name for gelignite
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Word Origin and History for jellies

jelly

n.

late 14c., from Old French gelee "a frost; jelly," noun use of fem. past participle of geler "congeal," from Latin gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost" (see cold (adj.)).

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jelly

v.

c.1600, from jelly (n.). Related: Jellied; jellying.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jellies in Medicine

jelly

(jĕlē)
n.
  1. A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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