[ jel-ee ]
/ ˈdʒɛl i /

noun, plural jel·lies.

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.

verb (used with or without object), jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.

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

1350–1400; Middle English gely < Old French gelee frozen jelly < Medieval Latin gelāta frozen, equivalent to Latin gel- freeze + -āta -ate1; cf. gel, cold


jel·ly·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for jelly (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdʒɛlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

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

verb -lies, -lying or -lied

to jellify

Derived forms of jelly

jelly-like, adjective

Word Origin for jelly

C14: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from geler to set hard, from Latin gelāre, from gelu frost

British Dictionary definitions for jelly (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdʒɛlɪ) /


British a slang name for gelignite
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Medical definitions for jelly

[ jĕlē ]


A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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