Jelly is a sweet preserved form of fruit that's usually made with sugar. Your favorite breakfast might be buttered toast spread thickly with strawberry jelly.

Jelly is the close relative to jam and preserves — jelly is typically more translucent than its fruitier cousins, and is sometimes made with juice rather than whole pieces of fruit. Outside of North America, jelly is a dessert made from gelatin. Jelly comes from the Old French gelee, "jelly" and also "frost," from the verb geler, "to congeal," with its Latin root gelare, "to freeze."

Definitions of jelly

n any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin

mineral jelly, petrolatum, petroleum jelly
a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication
a trademarked brand of petroleum jelly
Type of:
a particular kind or species of matter with uniform properties

n a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit

apple jelly
jelly made from apple juice
grape jelly
jelly made from grape juice
crabapple jelly
a tart apple jelly made from crab apples
Type of:
conserve, conserves, preserve, preserves
fruit preserved by cooking with sugar

n an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods

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calf's-foot jelly
a savory jelly made with gelatin obtained by boiling calves' feet
gelatin dessert
jellied dessert made with gelatin and fruit juice or water
savory jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mold for meats or vegetables
Jell-O, jello
fruit-flavored dessert (trade mark Jell-O) made from a commercially prepared gelatin powder
Type of:
dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
something considered choice to eat

v make into jelly

Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

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