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.
- jel·ly·like, adjective
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How to use jelly in a sentence
The dinner also came with a kind of red jelly and some beans mixed with mayonnaise.
These little jelly beans then develop their eyes, back limbs, and a decent chunk of their immune system after they’re already out in the world.An albino opossum proves CRISPR works for marsupials, too | Casey Crownhart | July 21, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast and free staff meals for lunch.Young, Dumb, and Broke: Why Outdoorsy Types Suck at Money | jversteegh | July 13, 2021 | Outside Online
The bloody-belly comb jelly’s bright red color may make it easy for remotely operated vehicles with lights and cameras to spot it, but its color actually helps it hide from predators.The Evolutionary Wonders in the Deep Sea - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Annie Roth | June 30, 2021 | Nautilus
Peanut butter and jelly doesn’t take me back to third-grade bagged lunches or after-school snacks.This Crumb Cake Recipe Is a Sweet, Salty Ode to the PB&J Sandwich | Joy Cho | May 7, 2021 | Eater
Roll the pork over the stuffing, like a jelly roll, until the seam is facing down and the fat back is on top.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries | Carla Hall | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The second upped the ante, taking aim at “cray,” “jelly,” “literally,” “teehee,” and “totes.”Feminist, Bae, Turnt: Time’s ‘Worst Words’ List Is Sexist and Racist | Samantha Allen | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On it are balanced a plate of eggs and toast, an open quart jar of grape jelly, and a beer mug full to the brim with orange juice.
Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream.
Available for both iOS and Android, jelly is definitely worth playing around with this weekend.This Week’s Hot Apps: Jelly, Confide, Yahoo News Digest, Lumosity Mobile | Brian Ries | January 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
When the machinery had been stopped, it was found that Mr. Jones's arms and legs were macerated to a jelly.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
Treated with hydrochloric acid, diluted with ten times its weight of water, it swells up into a jelly-like mass.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
I wanted you to make calls with me and to help me with the currant jelly and to put those button-holes into my linen wrapper.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
I learned how to make jelly from her old colored mammie, and heaps of things beside.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
I took that jelly to a crotchety old patient of mine who is boarding, and reviles all the jelly his nurse buys for him.Those Dale Girls | Frank Weston Carruth
British Dictionary definitions for jelly (1 of 2)
a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatine: US 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 consistency: calf'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
- jelly-like, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for jelly (2 of 2)
British a slang name for gelignite
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