Definition of jelly noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdʒeli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒeli//
    (pl. jellies) Sweets and desserts
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  1. 1   [uncountable, countable] (British English) (North American English jello, Jell-O™ [uncountable]) a cold sweet transparent food made from gelatin, sugar and fruit juice, that shakes when it is moved jelly and ice cream a raspberry jelly See related entries: Sweets and desserts
  2. 2 [uncountable] a substance like jelly made from gelatin and meat juices, served around meat, fish, etc. synonym aspic chicken in jelly
  3. 3   [uncountable, countable] a type of jam that does not contain any pieces of fruit blackcurrant jelly compare jam
  4. 4  [uncountable] any thick sticky substance, especially a type of cream used on the skin see also petroleum jelly, royal jelly
  5. 5 (also jelly shoe) [countable] a light plastic shoe designed for wearing on the beach and in the sea
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French gelee ‘frost, jelly’, from Latin gelata ‘frozen’, from gelare ‘freeze’, from gelu ‘frost’.Idioms
    be/feel like jelly, turn to jelly
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    (of legs or knees) to feel weak because you are nervous
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jelly