- 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
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Examples from the Web for jellying
- 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
C14: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from geler to set hard, from Latin gelāre, from gelu frost
- British a slang name for gelignite
Word Origin and History for jellying
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A semisolid resilient substance usually containing some form of gelatin in solution.
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