a food preparation of a soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of gelatin, pectin, etc., especially fruit juice boiled down with sugar and used as a sweet spread for bread and toast, as a filling for cakes or doughnuts, etc.
any substance having the consistency of jelly.
Chiefly British. a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
a plastic sandal or shoe.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), jellied, jellying.
to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup; jellied:
1381, from O.Fr. gelée "a frost, jelly," lit. fem. pp. of geler "congeal," from L. gelare "to freeze," from gelu "frost." Jellyfish as the popular name of the medusa and similar sea-creatures is from 1841. Jellybean first attested 1908. Jellyroll "cylindrical cake containing jelly or jam" is from 1895; as slang for "vagina, sexual intercourse" it dates from 1914 ("St. Louis Blues").