Old French gelée, from geler (to congeal), from Latin gelū.



countable and uncountable; plural jellies

Jelly (countable and uncountable; plural jellies)
  1. Patrono:NZ A dessert made by boiling gelatine, sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set
  2. (US) a sweet gelatinous substance derived from fruit juices and pectin
    • 1945, Fannie Merritt Farmer and w:Wilma Lord Perkins revisor, The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, Eighth edition:
      Perfect jelly is of appetizing flavor; beautifully colored and translucent; tender enough to cut easily with a spoon, yet firm enough to hold its shape when turned from the glass.
    • 1975, Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker, The Joy of Cooking, 5th revision:
      Jelly has great clarity. Two cooking processes are involved. First, the juice alone is extracted from the fruit. Only that portion thin and clear enough to drip through a cloth is cooked with sugar until sufficiently firm to hold its shape. It is never stiff and never gummy.
  3. Jam that has been sieved to remove pieces of fruit before being allowed to set.
  4. (zoology) Short for jellyfish.
  5. (US, slang) A large backside, especially a woman's.
    • 2001, Destiny's Child, “Bootylicious” (song)
      I shake my jelly at every chance / When I whip with my hips you slip into a trance
    • 2001, George Dell, Dance Unto the Lord, page 94:
      At that Sister Samantha seemed to shake her jelly so that she sank back into her chair.
  6. (colloquial) Short for gelignite.
  7. (colloquial) A jelly shoe.
    • 2006, David L. Marcus, What It Takes to Pull Me Through:
      Mary Alice gazed at a picture of herself wearing jellies and an oversized turquoise T-shirt that matched her eyes Patrono:...


  • (dessert made by boiling gelatin): (US) jello, Jell-O

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to Jelly (third-person singular simple present jellies, present participle jellying, simple past and past participle jellied)
  1. To wiggle like jelly.
  2. To make

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