Main definitions of jelly in English

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jelly1

noun

  • 1A sweet, clear, semisolid, somewhat elastic spread or preserve made from fruit juice and sugar boiled to a thick consistency.

    • ‘Adding cooking apples or damsons will ensure a perfect set in jam or jelly because of these fruits' high pectin levels.’
    • ‘The second act was a passion fruit jelly in an oyster shell - that was better.’
    • ‘The orange jelly, though, was nothing more than a silly fancy on a rainy day.’
    • ‘Pour the custard off and just eat the jelly.’
    • ‘A three-fruit jelly of distinct layers - blackberry, blueberry, raspberry - came with a deliciously intense fruit sauce.’
    • ‘Using a spoon, spread over the jelly so it covers the bottom crust.’
    • ‘Lunch may be with family or friends, and involve a classic roast followed by, say, fruit jelly made by the kids.’
    • ‘Orange jelly with fresh peach and pineapple slices, topped by double cream, finished the meal.’
    • ‘A little dash of pumpkin pie spice in my pumpkin jelly and I was on to another blue ribbon winner.’
    • ‘The clusters can be frozen whole for jelly or juice.’
    • ‘And, after disastrous rehearsals, did an exceptional fruit jelly.’
    • ‘Cane and beet sugar are the usual sources of sugar for jelly or jam.’
    • ‘For the apple jelly: In small saucepan, combine juice and ascorbic acid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can keep this sauce, chilled as a jelly, in the fridge for up to a week.’
    • ‘They made apple jelly with the apples from the orchard.’
    • ‘Tart lemon jelly and crumbly crumbles went very well together, I thought.’
    • ‘Antonin selected fruits for the puddings - a nectarine plombie (ice cream) and oranges stuffed with layered jellies.’
    • ‘Uses are mainly for wine, fruit sauce, jelly, or fresh fruit.’
    1. 1.1 Used figuratively and in similes to refer to sensations of fear or strong emotion.
      ‘her legs felt like jelly’
    2. 1.2 A condiment with a consistency similar to fruit jelly.
      ‘roast duck with jalapeño jelly’
      • ‘She said that he was hopeless - living on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.’
      • ‘In this country port was as essential as redcurrant jelly, the two being combined in Francatelli's delicious sauce for venison.’
      • ‘I also got extra points for using homemade blackberry jelly so graciously offered by a coworker.’
      • ‘They can be quite tart, so are perfect for making sweet jams, jellies and ice cream.’
      • ‘The treatment back then was a diet of fried sheep thyroid glands with currant jelly on the side.’
      • ‘All jams, jellies, and pickled products processed less than 10 minutes should be filled into sterile empty jars.’
      • ‘"Oh, the jelly doughnuts, " he nodded knowingly.’
      • ‘For example, the process of creating jelly or jam from fruit was similar to pickling.’
      • ‘Add the mustard powder, red currant jelly, and white wine.’
      • ‘Nearly two-thirds of all restaurant visits include French fries, pepperoni, potato salad or jelly filling.’
      • ‘She went into the kitchen, and prepared a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.’
      • ‘Mine was filled with apricot and Jason's was peanut butter and strawberry jelly.’
      • ‘Mrs Von Trapp had the chicken liver parfait with green grape jelly.’
      • ‘Spread the top of the layer with a generous 1/2 cup of the fruit jelly.’
      • ‘Nick peeked into the first basket, and passed me an apple jelly sandwich before taking a peanut butter one.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a bowl, mix together the lamb with the fresh mint or mint jelly.’
      • ‘It came with a red pepper cassonade, crab ice cream and a sliver of passion fruit jelly.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 A gelatinous savory preparation made by boiling meat and bones.
      • ‘Similarly, the chicken wings come in Thai jelly, a sticky slick of savoury honey coating some very ruddy wings.’
      • ‘In the kitchen, things which may need clarification are stock, clear soup, aspic, jelly, etc.’
      • ‘After preparation, the jelly was placed in a container and covered from dust, often not sealed in any way.’
      • ‘The statement also said the latest cases were likely caused by the consumption of tainted pork tongue in jelly.’
      • ‘It tasted like eating a hunk of quivering meat jelly.’
      • ‘Sheep heads, rams' testicles, udders and jelly from the feet were all prepared for storage.’
      • ‘Put in the pulled breast, with any odd scraps of jelly, and stir about until the pieces are very hot indeed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She stuffed another bite of pot roast with jelly into her mouth and watched for the vamp's reaction.’
      • ‘Slow cooked, the sinew that makes meat tough becomes jelly.’
    4. 1.4 Any substance of a gelatinous consistency.
      ‘spermicidal jellies’
      ‘frogs lay eggs coated in jelly’
      • ‘HIV positive women can use diaphragms and cervical caps for birth control, with spermicidal cream or jelly.’
      • ‘Don't use petroleum jelly or a lit match to kill a tick.’
      • ‘Another thing that just wouldn't be the same without women is jelly wrestling.’
      • ‘The cleared cuticles were mounted in glycerin jelly on glass slides for light microscopic examination.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Spermicide comes as a foam, jelly, or cream, and kills sperm.’
      • ‘It is petroleum oil turned to jelly, and contains refined oil, gelliants, and butylated hydroxy toluene.’
      • ‘As the Committee chairman testily remarked, this is a little like nailing jelly.’
      • ‘They make royal jelly in glands near their mouthparts.’
      • ‘They are caused by clumps of material suspended in the vitreous jelly that fills the back of the eye.’
      • ‘Use petroleum jelly on the rim of the cup for a tight fit.’
      • ‘When this was done it formed a jelly like substance.’
      • ‘Triad Disposables' hot new item - tubes of sterile lubricating 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.’
      • ‘Her bones were melting like jelly now, descending along the edges ever so patiently, dripping slow as wax over her raw flesh.’
      • ‘I don't like the idea of using petroleum jelly or any other synthetic product internally.’
      • ‘For the soy jelly: In small saucepan, combine soy sauce and water and bring to a boil.’
      • ‘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.’
    5. 1.5British A sweet, fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
      • ‘These gentlemen want to sell us fruit, custard and jelly but they have no water.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Undercover council officers are to swoop on local shops in a bid to keep a killer jelly sweet out of Bolton.’
      • ‘The jelly sweets contain E425 Konjac - a banned additive that could present a choking hazard to children.’
      • ‘At the market, Wang Lung buys pork, lotus leaf, beef, beancurd, jelly, and at the candle shop, he buys a pair of incense sticks.’
      • ‘Up close he looks like a child who has just eaten too much jelly at a birthday party.’
      • ‘I've only just discovered how delicious jelly babies are here in the UK.’
      • ‘A toddler is believed to have choked to death on a jelly sweet linked to more than a dozen deaths around the world.’
      • ‘It is entirely possible that the jelly sweet stuck to his finger while he wet his finger to shine the ball.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These elegant jellies look fantastically decadent at the end of a picnic.’
      • ‘Parents were warned not to allow their children to eat a jelly sweet which has been linked to 16 deaths elsewhere in the world.’
      • ‘The child choked while eating a jelly sweet.’
      • ‘Served on a long white platter, the little row of apple treats starts with a pleasant apple jelly candy.’
      • ‘Invert the jelly onto a cutting board and remove the mold and plastic wrap.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, some people eat jellies, which are considered a delicacy.’
    6. 1.6jellies Jelly shoes.

verb

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

    ‘jellied cranberry sauce’
    ‘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.’
    • ‘Anyhoo, what I'm trying to get across is that this mag is harder to get hold of than a jellied eel.’
    • ‘Over the putts, his backswing would become as long and wobbly as a jellied eel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So I piled Darren and Rob into the car and we headed down to Margate for some whelks and jellied eels.’
    • ‘Before Wright arrived, the forward line worked around Alan Smith, an unflashy 20-a-season man, a player as traditional as jellied eels.’
    • ‘His meals consist of Marmite sandwiches, Jublees, and jellied eels.’
    • ‘In Sweden it commonly includes herring, smoked eel, roast beef, tongue, jellied fish, boiled potatoes, and cheese.’
    • ‘Skim off the fat and spoon out the now jellied stock into tubs and freeze until ready to use.’
    • ‘Holiday foods included jellied pigs feet, goose stuffed with prunes, and roasted suckling pig.’
    • ‘Filling is minced meat with a cube of jellied broth.’
    • ‘I started to sprinkle the pudding with some jellied candies, and happily hummed a song as I went about doing it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Getting funding, however, is more slippery than jellied eel in a pie and mash shop.’
    • ‘Preserves are made of small, whole fruits or uniform-size pieces of fruits in a clear thick, slightly jellied syrup.’
    • ‘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.’
    conserve, bottle, tin, can, pot, chill, freeze, freeze-dry, quick-freeze, dry, desiccate, dehydrate
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French gelee ‘frost, jelly’, from Latin gelata ‘frozen’, from gelare ‘freeze’, from gelu ‘frost’.

Pronunciation

jelly

/ˈdʒɛli//ˈjelē/

Main definitions of jelly in English

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jelly2

adjective

US
informal
  • Jealous.

    ‘I'm so jelly that you were at the show’
    ‘trust me, you're gonna be jelly’

Origin

Early 21st century: abbreviation of jealous.

Pronunciation

jelly

/ˈdʒɛli//ˈjelē/