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jellynoun

uk   /ˈdʒel.i/  us   /ˈdʒel.i/
A2 [C or U] a ​sweetsoftfood made by ​cookingfruit with ​sugar to ​preserve it. It is ​smooth, without any ​pieces of ​fruit in it. Jelly is ​eaten on ​bread: a ​peanutbutter and jelly ​sandwich apple jelly
[C or U] UK (US trademark Jell-O) a ​soft, ​sweet, usually ​brightlycolouredfood made from ​sugar, ​gelatine, and ​fruitflavours, that ​shakesslightly when it is ​moved: I've made a ​strawberry jelly for the children's ​tea. jelly and ​icecream
[U] any ​soft, ​slightlywetsubstance that ​shakesslightly when it is ​moved: Frogs' ​eggs are ​covered in a ​sort of ​transparent jelly.

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(Definition of jelly from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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jellynoun [U]

 us   /ˈdʒel·i/
a ​soft, ​sweet, ​slightlysolidfood made by ​boilingfruitjuice with ​sugar: grape/​apple jelly a ​peanutbutter and jelly ​sandwich
Jelly is also a ​substance that is ​almostsolid: petroleum jelly
(Definition of jelly from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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