Definition of jelly in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjelē/

noun (plural jellies)

1A sweet, clear, semisolid, somewhat elastic spread or preserve made from fruit juice and sugar boiled to a thick consistency.
Example sentences
  • They made apple jelly with the apples from the orchard.
  • Tart lemon jelly and crumbly crumbles went very well together, I thought.
  • Pour the custard off and just eat the jelly.
1.1Used figuratively and in similes to refer to sensations of fear or strong emotion: her legs felt like jelly
1.2A condiment with a consistency similar to fruit jelly: roast duck with jalapeño jelly
More example sentences
  • It came with a red pepper cassonade, crab ice cream and a sliver of passion fruit jelly.
  • For example, the process of creating jelly or jam from fruit was similar to pickling.
  • In this country port was as essential as redcurrant jelly, the two being combined in Francatelli's delicious sauce for venison.
1.3A gelatinous savory preparation made by boiling meat and bones.
Example sentences
  • There's hardly a bit of a pig you can't eat, from the head boiled up in a stewy soup to the trotters with their savoury jelly and morsels of meat.
  • It tasted like eating a hunk of quivering meat jelly.
  • Slow cooked, the sinew that makes meat tough becomes jelly.
1.4Any substance of a gelatinous consistency: spermicidal jellies frogs lay eggs coated in jelly
More example sentences
  • HIV positive women can use diaphragms and cervical caps for birth control, with spermicidal cream or jelly.
  • After peeling off outer skin, they polish it with castor oil, cactus jelly, curd, ghee and turmeric powder to make it smooth and slippery.
  • Spermicide comes as a foam, jelly, or cream, and kills sperm.
1.5chiefly British A sweet, fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
Example sentences
  • The Blackburn-based company has bought the soft fruit jellies business of Penguin Confectionery in a £428,000 deal.
  • The jelly is contained in a dome-shaped plastic cup with a peel off foil lid.
  • It is entirely possible that the jelly sweet stuck to his finger while he wet his finger to shine the ball.
1.6 (jellies) Jelly shoes.

verb (jellies, jellied)

[with object] (usually as adjective jellied)
Set (food) as or in a jelly: jellied cranberry sauce jellied eels
More example sentences
  • We make great jellied salads, and we're okay with calling them ‘salads’ even though there isn't one lick of lettuce in them.
  • Preserves are made of small, whole fruits or uniform-size pieces of fruits in a clear thick, slightly jellied syrup.
  • I started to sprinkle the pudding with some jellied candies, and happily hummed a song as I went about doing it.



Pronunciation: /ˌjeləfiˈkāSHən/
Example sentences
  • As the ALGIN fails to penetrate the sphere in this method, jellification only occurs on the surface.
  • A Spanish Biotechnology company has developed a new jellification technology to manage reagents and reaction mixtures.
  • Preparations of it are used in the home manufacture of jam, jellies, and preserves to ensure jellification of fruit juices.


Pronunciation: /ˈjeləˌfī/
Example sentences
  • And two of the individual tales, though hardly jellifying, are sufficiently well crafted to be memorably eerie.
  • This year, it seems, Adrià has become obsessed with jellifying ingredients, and with the sensuality of food.
  • Then dribble over a little warmed thick stock or aspic which will cool and jellify.


Pronunciation: /ˈjelēˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • Since the external appearance was clear, viscous, and jelly-like, this can be attributed to the presence of a cubic phase.
  • Gradually, the layer of sand at the bottom began to disappear, and the water became a thick, jelly-like substance.
  • Some type of unidentified green liquid is added to the mix, turning the liquid tofu into a jelly-like substance after several minutes.


Late Middle English: from Old French gelée 'frost, jelly', from Latin gelata 'frozen', from gelare 'freeze', from gelu 'frost'.

  • In the Middle Ages jelly was a savoury dish of meat or fish set in a mould of aspic. The first references to fruit-flavoured jellies are not found until the late 18th century. The word comes ultimately from the Latin word gelare ‘to freeze’. See also cold

Words that rhyme with jelly

belly, Botticelli, casus belli, Corelli, Delhi, deli, Ellie, Grappelli, Kelly, lamellae, Machiavelli, Mahaweli, Schiaparelli, Shelley, shelly, smelly, tagliatelle, telly, Torricelli, vermicelli, welly, Zeffirelli

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Syllabification: jel·ly

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