[ jel-id ]
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  1. very cold; icy.

Origin of gelid

1600–10; <Latin gelidus icy cold, equivalent to gel(um) frost, cold + -idus-id4

Other words from gelid

  • ge·lid·i·ty [juh-lid-i-tee], /dʒəˈlɪd ɪ ti/, gel·id·ness, noun
  • gel·id·ly, adverb

Words Nearby gelid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gelid in a sentence

  • The thin screaming came again, like a hot wire drawn down the gelid morning.

    The Jewels of Aptor | Samuel R. Delany
  • She seemed to be unable to tear herself away from the sight of the austere Aniene, with its gelid waters.

    The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
  • Even as she talked she swiveled the drum around, kicked the easy-off plug, and began dumping the gelid contents into the hole.

    Deathworld | Harry Harrison
  • Under a grey sky, glooming to purple, the gelid water writhed nakedly.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • gelid light and air were in the kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere.

    Ulysses | James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for gelid


/ (ˈdʒɛlɪd) /

  1. very cold, icy, or frosty

Origin of gelid

C17: from Latin gelidus icy cold, from gelu frost

Derived forms of gelid

  • gelidity or gelidness, noun
  • gelidly, adverb

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