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Definition of "jelly" []

  • A soft, semisolid food substance with a resilient consistency, made by the setting of a liquid containing pectin or gelatin or by the addition of gelatin to a liquid, especially such a substance made of fruit juice containing pectin boiled with sugar. (noun)
  • Something, such as a petroleum ointment, having the consistency of a soft, semisolid food substance. (noun)
  • A shapeless, pulpy mass: The hero's laser zapped the monster, turning it to jelly. (noun)
  • Something, such as a body part, that has suddenly become limp or enervated: Her knees turned to jelly when she learned she won first prize. (noun)
  • A jellyfish. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jelly" in a sentence
  • "Bur anyhow, apple pectin jelly is very easy to make, not at all elaborate, and has many other uses."
  • "Since I intend to make the apples into a supply of apple pectin jelly, I will not be wanting to do a lot more cooking until after next weekend, when the the jelly is (I hope) finished."
  • "If jelly is too expensive, one can always try this (which is probably an even better counter-cyclical asset)."