- 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.
- any substance having the consistency of jelly.
- Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
- a plastic sandal or shoe.
- to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
- containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied: jelly apples.
Origin of jelly
Examples from the Web for jellies
And then we had a couple of jellies and a bottle of red wine in bed the night before.My London Getaway With Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, Stars of ‘The World’s End’
November 18, 2013
Jellies of fruit are made with an equal quantity of sugar, that is, a pound to a pint, and require no very long boiling.
Jellies that have to stand any length of time on the buffets must, of course, be firmer.Desserts and Salads
He knew vaguely that there were persons who had the luck to be ill and to get broths and jellies.Dreamers of the Ghetto
There was a sudden surge forward of the Jellies and Placer was engulfed.
All they could see in both directions were Jellies, milling about and chattering.
- British slang gelatine capsules of temazepam, dissolved and injected as a recreational drug
- Also called: jelly shoes shoes made from brightly coloured transparent plastic
- a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatineUS and Canadian trademark: Jell-o
- a preserve made from the juice of fruit boiled with sugar and used as jam
- a savoury food preparation set with gelatine or with a strong gelatinous stock and having a soft elastic consistencycalf's-foot jelly
- anything having the consistency of jelly
- informal a coloured gelatine filter that can be fitted in front of a stage or studio light
- to jellify
- British a slang name for gelignite
Word Origin and History for jellies
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.)).
c.1600, from jelly (n.). Related: Jellied; jellying.
- A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.