WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Fooda sweet, soft, sticky food spread on bread, etc., made of fruit juice boiled with sugar and sometimes pectin, then cooled: [uncountable]a sandwich made of peanut butter and jelly.[countable]some different jellies: orange, strawberry, and grape.
- any substance having such consistency:[uncountable]petroleum jelly for burned skin.
- Fooda food preparation of a soft, elastic consistency due to the presence of gelatin, pectin, etc., esp. 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.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a fruit-flavored gelatin dessert.
- Clothinga plastic sandal or shoe.
- to bring or come to the consistency of jelly.
- containing or made, spread, or topped with jelly or syrup;
- Medieval Latin gelāta frozen, equivalent. to Latin gel- freeze + -āta -ate1; compare gel, cold
- Old French gelee frozen jelly
- Middle English gely 1350–1400