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noun,plural jel·lies.
  1. 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.

  2. any substance having the consistency of jelly.

  1. Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.

  2. a plastic sandal or shoe.

verb (used with or without object),jel·lied, jel·ly·ing.
  1. to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.

  1. 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

Other words from jelly

  • jel·ly·like, adjective

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How to use jelly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for jelly (1 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒɛlɪ) /

nounplural -lies
  1. a fruit-flavoured clear dessert set with gelatine: US and Canadian trademark: Jell-o

  2. a preserve made from the juice of fruit boiled with sugar and used as jam

  1. a savoury food preparation set with gelatine or with a strong gelatinous stock and having a soft elastic consistency: calf's-foot jelly

  2. anything having the consistency of jelly

  3. informal a coloured gelatine filter that can be fitted in front of a stage or studio light

verb-lies, -lying or -lied
  1. to jellify

Origin of jelly

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

Derived forms of jelly

  • jelly-like, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for jelly (2 of 2)


/ (ˈdʒɛlɪ) /

  1. British a slang name for gelignite

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