Definition of gelid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛlɪd/


Icy; extremely cold: the gelid pond she gave a gelid reply
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  • The wind coming from the gelid ocean was bitter cold, making exposed flesh burn.
  • This dispassionate view of man and nature brings an icy edge to her work, intensified by her color choice of glacial whites and gelid blues.
  • As the scores indicate - typically gelid to frozen - the shots seem to fall in the unflattering to outright frightening range.



noun ( rare)


Early 17th century: from Latin gelidus, from gelu 'frost, intense cold'.

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