[ jel ]
See synonyms for: jelljelled on

verb (used without object)
  1. to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.

  2. to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize: The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to jell.

Origin of jell

First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from jelly

Other words from jell

  • half-jelled, adjective
  • un·jelled, adjective

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

How to use jell in a sentence

  • As a member of its cast for almost 30 years, I must admit this feels a little like tacking pieces of jell-O to a bulletin board.

    Goodbye to My Soap Star Life | Michael E. Knight | September 20, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • She's going to have her currant jell' made right away, even whilst the currants are half green.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • More'n that, when I get my jell' done I'm going to send Mrs. Calvert a tumbler and compare notes.

    Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
  • He turned and screamed at their long white faces; and still they came on, all stuck together, like some horrible jell—.

    The Longest Journey | E. M. Forster
  • The marmalade was then allowed to boil until a little dropped on a cold saucer would begin to jell.

  • Without pectin, however, it is impossible to make the juice solidify, or jell.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

British Dictionary definitions for jell



/ (dʒɛl) /

verbjells, jelling, jelled, gels, gelling or gelled
  1. to make or become gelatinous; congeal

  2. (intr) to assume definite form: his ideas have jelled

  1. US an informal word for jelly 1

Origin of jell

C19: back formation from jelly 1

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