Definition of


  1. (noun, food) a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
  2. (noun, food) an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
  3. (noun, substance) any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
  4. (verb, change) make into jelly

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Synonyms of Jelly

gelatin, jellify

Origin of the word Jelly

  1. 1381, from O.Fr. gel?e "a frost, jelly," lit. fem. pp. of geler "congeal," from L. gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost." Jellyfish as the popular name of the medusa and similar sea-creatures is from 1841. Jellybean first attested 1908. Jellyroll "cylindrical cake containing jelly or jam" is from 1895; as slang for "vagina, sexua… more

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