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
  1. noun
    any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
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    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
  2. noun
    a preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
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    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
  3. noun
    an edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
    synonyms: gelatin
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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
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    dainty, delicacy, goody, kickshaw, treat
    something considered choice to eat
  4. verb
    make into jelly
    synonyms: jellify
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    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
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