Definition of jelly in English:



  • 1British [mass noun] A fruit-flavoured dessert made by warming and then cooling a liquid containing gelatin or a similar setting agent in a mould or dish so that it sets into a semi-solid, somewhat elastic mass:

    [as modifier] ‘a jelly mould’
    • ‘The orange jelly, though, was nothing more than a silly fancy on a rainy day.’
    • ‘Adding cooking apples or damsons will ensure a perfect set in jam or jelly because of these fruits' high pectin levels.’
    • ‘And, after disastrous rehearsals, did an exceptional fruit jelly.’
    • ‘A three-fruit jelly of distinct layers - blackberry, blueberry, raspberry - came with a deliciously intense fruit sauce.’
    • ‘Products with cooked elderberries, like juice or elderberry jelly, are perfectly safe, however.’
    • ‘For the guava jelly: In a saucepan, bring the guava juice and orange juice to a boil.’
    • ‘Pour the custard off and just eat the jelly.’
    • ‘They made apple jelly with the apples from the orchard.’
    • ‘For the apple jelly: In small saucepan, combine juice and ascorbic acid.’
    • ‘Cane and beet sugar are the usual sources of sugar for jelly or jam.’
    • ‘Tart lemon jelly and crumbly crumbles went very well together, I thought.’
    • ‘The clusters can be frozen whole for jelly or juice.’
    • ‘Antonin selected fruits for the puddings - a nectarine plombie (ice cream) and oranges stuffed with layered jellies.’
    • ‘Using a spoon, spread over the jelly so it covers the bottom crust.’
    • ‘Orange jelly with fresh peach and pineapple slices, topped by double cream, finished the meal.’
    • ‘The second act was a passion fruit jelly in an oyster shell - that was better.’
    • ‘Uses are mainly for wine, fruit sauce, jelly, or fresh fruit.’
    • ‘You can keep this sauce, chilled as a jelly, in the fridge for up to a week.’
    • ‘A little dash of pumpkin pie spice in my pumpkin jelly and I was on to another blue ribbon winner.’
    • ‘Lunch may be with family or friends, and involve a classic roast followed by, say, fruit jelly made by the kids.’
    1. 1.1 A substance with a jelly-like consistency made with fruit or other ingredients as a condiment:
      ‘roast pheasant with redcurrant jelly’
      • ‘She went into the kitchen, and prepared a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.’
      • ‘Nearly two-thirds of all restaurant visits include French fries, pepperoni, potato salad or jelly filling.’
      • ‘All jams, jellies, and pickled products processed less than 10 minutes should be filled into sterile empty jars.’
      • ‘Add the mustard powder, red currant jelly, and white wine.’
      • ‘I set a jar of mayo and a jar of red jelly in front of him.’
      • ‘I liked the kick it gave the chicken and the green grape jelly was a great balance.’
      • ‘For example, the process of creating jelly or jam from fruit was similar to pickling.’
      • ‘In a bowl, mix together the lamb with the fresh mint or mint jelly.’
      • ‘I also got extra points for using homemade blackberry jelly so graciously offered by a coworker.’
      • ‘Nick peeked into the first basket, and passed me an apple jelly sandwich before taking a peanut butter one.’
      • ‘It came with a red pepper cassonade, crab ice cream and a sliver of passion fruit jelly.’
      • ‘Mrs Von Trapp had the chicken liver parfait with green grape jelly.’
      • ‘She said that he was hopeless - living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.’
      • ‘Spread the top of the layer with a generous 1/2 cup of the fruit jelly.’
      • ‘They can be quite tart, so are perfect for making sweet jams, jellies and ice cream.’
      • ‘In this country port was as essential as redcurrant jelly, the two being combined in Francatelli's delicious sauce for venison.’
      • ‘In Houston, a large jar of fruit jelly, which has a density similar to some explosives, triggered the alarm on a machine that scans checked luggage.’
      • ‘Mine was filled with apricot and Jason's was peanut butter and strawberry jelly.’
      • ‘The treatment back then was a diet of fried sheep thyroid glands with currant jelly on the side.’
      • ‘"Oh, the jelly doughnuts, " he nodded knowingly.’
    2. 1.2 A savoury preparation with a jelly-like consistency made by boiling meat and bones.
      • ‘It tasted like eating a hunk of quivering meat jelly.’
      • ‘Put in the pulled breast, with any odd scraps of jelly, and stir about until the pieces are very hot indeed.’
      • ‘The statement also said the latest cases were likely caused by the consumption of tainted pork tongue in jelly.’
      • ‘In the kitchen, things which may need clarification are stock, clear soup, aspic, jelly, etc.’
      • ‘Similarly, the chicken wings come in Thai jelly, a sticky slick of savoury honey coating some very ruddy wings.’
      • ‘Those who wanted to build up the appetite, began by munching on seafood popiyat and meat jelly.’
      • ‘You would realize that too if you had to live on German jelly and bean stew for six months.’
      • ‘Slow cooked, the sinew that makes meat tough becomes jelly.’
      • ‘She stuffed another bite of pot roast with jelly into her mouth and watched for the vamp's reaction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sheep heads, rams' testicles, udders and jelly from the feet were all prepared for storage.’
      • ‘After preparation, the jelly was placed in a container and covered from dust, often not sealed in any way.’
    3. 1.3 Any jelly-like substance:
      ‘petroleum 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.’
      • ‘For the soy jelly: In small saucepan, combine soy sauce and water and bring to a boil.’
      • ‘When this was done it formed a jelly like substance.’
      • ‘They are caused by clumps of material suspended in the vitreous jelly that fills the back of the eye.’
      • ‘Another thing that just wouldn't be the same without women is jelly wrestling.’
      • ‘It is petroleum oil turned to jelly, and contains refined oil, gelliants, and butylated hydroxy toluene.’
      • ‘A sea-urchin egg is surrounded by a protective covering known as the vitelline envelope, which in turn is covered with a thick coat of jelly.’
      • ‘Don't use petroleum jelly or a lit match to kill a tick.’
      • ‘They make royal jelly in glands near their mouthparts.’
      • ‘Triad Disposables' hot new item - tubes of sterile lubricating jelly.’
      • ‘HIV positive women can use diaphragms and cervical caps for birth control, with spermicidal cream or jelly.’
      • ‘Her bones were melting like jelly now, descending along the edges ever so patiently, dripping slow as wax over her raw flesh.’
      • ‘As the Committee chairman testily remarked, this is a little like nailing jelly.’
      • ‘Spermicide comes as a foam, jelly, or cream, and kills sperm.’
      • ‘I don't like the idea of using petroleum jelly or any other synthetic product internally.’
      • ‘The cleared cuticles were mounted in glycerin jelly on glass slides for light microscopic examination.’
      • ‘Use petroleum jelly on the rim of the cup for a tight fit.’
      • ‘In either case you belong in the ‘Land of Misfit Toys’ with the choo choo train with square wheels and the water pistol that squirts jelly.’
  • 2A small sweet made with gelatin:

    ‘a box of fruit jellies’
    • ‘However, some people eat jellies, which are considered a delicacy.’
    • ‘The jelly is contained in a dome-shaped plastic cup with a peel off foil lid.’
    • ‘Parents were warned not to allow their children to eat a jelly sweet which has been linked to 16 deaths elsewhere in the world.’
    • ‘These gentlemen want to sell us fruit, custard and jelly but they have no water.’
    • ‘Served on a long white platter, the little row of apple treats starts with a pleasant apple jelly candy.’
    • ‘Up close he looks like a child who has just eaten too much jelly at a birthday party.’
    • ‘What he dined on was hard to say: a chocolate-covered row of scallops, perhaps, or tuna tartare topped with a tuile of crispy green-tea jelly.’
    • ‘It is entirely possible that the jelly sweet stuck to his finger while he wet his finger to shine the ball.’
    • ‘These elegant jellies look fantastically decadent at the end of a picnic.’
    • ‘If they tried to clear my arteries, they'd find one filled with vanilla cream, one filled with jelly, and one dusted with powdered sugar.’
    • ‘The jelly sweets contain E425 Konjac - a banned additive that could present a choking hazard to children.’
    • ‘Invert the jelly onto a cutting board and remove the mold and plastic wrap.’
    • ‘The Blackburn-based company has bought the soft fruit jellies business of Penguin Confectionery in a £428,000 deal.’
    • ‘A toddler is believed to have choked to death on a jelly sweet linked to more than a dozen deaths around the world.’
    • ‘I've only just discovered how delicious jelly babies are here in the UK.’
    • ‘The child choked while eating a jelly sweet.’
    • ‘At the market, Wang Lung buys pork, lotus leaf, beef, beancurd, jelly, and at the candle shop, he buys a pair of incense sticks.’
    • ‘Undercover council officers are to swoop on local shops in a bid to keep a killer jelly sweet out of Bolton.’
    1. 2.1British informal A tablet of the drug Temazepam.
      • ‘Junkies die by injecting jellies into a vein, and they take it regularly as a come down from ecstasy or heroin.’
      • ‘There, it was speed and ecstasy, followed by Valium and jellies to come down.’
  • 3

    US term for jam
  • 4British informal Gelignite.

    • ‘But another reason for the raid was to test the use of Napon fire bombs containing a gasoline-based jelly.’
    • ‘He later combined nitroglycerine with gun cotton to create a clear jelly, patented in 1867 as Blasting Gelatin.’
  • 5jelliesJelly shoes.


[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective jellied
  • Set (food) as or in a jelly:

    ‘jellied cranberry sauce’
    ‘jellied eels’
    • ‘Holiday foods included jellied pigs feet, goose stuffed with prunes, and roasted suckling pig.’
    • ‘So I piled Darren and Rob into the car and we headed down to Margate for some whelks and jellied eels.’
    • ‘Getting funding, however, is more slippery than jellied eel in a pie and mash shop.’
    • ‘His meals consist of Marmite sandwiches, Jublees, and jellied eels.’
    • ‘We make great jellied salads, and we're okay with calling them ‘salads’ even though there isn't one lick of lettuce in them.’
    • ‘Filling is minced meat with a cube of jellied broth.’
    • ‘I know you like chocolates, but last year we took some chocolate candy and some of those strange jellied candies in little cups out to the orphanage.’
    • ‘His eyes were yellow, jellied, and looked like they were filled with mucus.’
    • ‘Before Wright arrived, the forward line worked around Alan Smith, an unflashy 20-a-season man, a player as traditional as jellied eels.’
    • ‘I started to sprinkle the pudding with some jellied candies, and happily hummed a song as I went about doing it.’
    • ‘There were jellied eels galore being passed round Roots Hall on Tuesday night as Southend reached the LDV Vans Final.’
    • ‘In a blender purée one 10-ounce package frozen strawberries and one can of jellied cranberry sauce.’
    • ‘He's more East End than a Limehouse jellied eel in a pearly king's whistle.’
    • ‘Preserves are made of small, whole fruits or uniform-size pieces of fruits in a clear thick, slightly jellied syrup.’
    • ‘In Sweden it commonly includes herring, smoked eel, roast beef, tongue, jellied fish, boiled potatoes, and cheese.’
    • ‘I bet the only people who were glad that they got the game on pay-per-view reside in East London and have a penchant for jellied eels.’
    • ‘All the traditional English fare will be on offer during the day, such as roast beef, cockles and jellied eels, fish and chips, candy floss and popcorn.’
    • ‘Anyhoo, what I'm trying to get across is that this mag is harder to get hold of than a jellied eel.’
    • ‘Skim off the fat and spoon out the now jellied stock into tubs and freeze until ready to use.’
    • ‘Over the putts, his backswing would become as long and wobbly as a jellied eel.’
    conserve, bottle, tin, can, pot, chill, freeze, freeze-dry, quick-freeze, dry, desiccate, dehydrate
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Late Middle English: from Old French gelee frost, jelly, from Latin gelata frozen, from gelare freeze, from gelu frost.