Meaning of “jelly” in the English Dictionary

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"jelly" in British English

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jellynoun

uk /ˈdʒel.i/ us /ˈdʒel.i/

A2 [ C or U ] a sweet soft food made by cooking fruit with sugar to preserve it. It is smooth, without any pieces of fruit in it. Jelly is eaten on bread:

a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
apple jelly

[ C or U ] UK US trademark Jell-O a soft, sweet, usually brightly coloured food made from sugar, gelatine, and fruit flavours, that shakes slightly when it is moved:

I've made a strawberry jelly for the children's tea.
jelly and ice cream

[ U ] any soft, slightly wet substance that shakes slightly when it is moved:

Frogs' eggs are covered in a sort of transparent jelly.

More examples

  • Leave the jelly in the fridge to set.
  • I was shaking like a jelly before my exam.
  • Add a spoonful of redcurrant jelly to the sauce.
  • The jelly mould was shaped like a crown.
  • The contents of the bag had turned into an amorphous mass of jelly.

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

"jelly" in American English

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jellynoun [ U ]

us /ˈdʒel·i/

a soft, sweet, slightly solid food made by boiling fruit juice with sugar:

grape/apple jelly
a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Jelly is also a substance that is almost solid:

petroleum jelly

(Definition of “jelly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)