- to congeal; become jellylike in consistency.
- to become clear, substantial, or definite; crystallize: The plan began to jell once we all met to discuss it.
- to cause to jell.
Origin of jell
First recorded in 1820–30; back formation from jelly
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Examples from the Web for jell
But Gwenny never had any cookies as good as those, and the jell is so pretty!The Girl Scouts at Home
Katherine Keene Galt
She came back again and said, "Won't you have some of the jell, Mr. Armstrong?"
There was a jar of jelly on the table all sealed up, and she said, "Won't you have some of the jell?"
Why, there isn't an inch of me that hasn't been cut over or smashed into a jell.Suburban Sketches
William Dean Howells
Cook slowly until juice will "jell" when tried on a cold plate.Better Meals for Less Money
- to make or become gelatinous; congeal
- (intr) to assume definite formhis ideas have jelled
- US an informal word for jelly 1
C19: back formation from jelly 1
Word Origin and History for jell
1830, American English, probably a back-formation of jelly (v.). Related: Jelled; jelling. Figurative sense is first attested 1908. Middle English had gelen "congeal," but it disappeared 15c.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper