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[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.
verb (used with or without object), jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.
  1. to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
adjective
  1. containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied: jelly apples.

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 jelly

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
verb -lies, -lying or -lied
  1. to jellify
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 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.)).

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jelly in Medicine

jelly

([object Object])
n.
  1. A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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