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Origin and Meaning of Jelly

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun jel"ly
  1. Anything brought to a gelatinous condition; a viscous, translucent substance in a condition between liquid and solid; a stiffened solution of gelatin, gum, or the like.
  2. The juice of fruits or meats boiled with sugar to an elastic consistence; as, currant jelly; calf's-foot jelly.

Etymology: Formerly gelly gely, F. gelée jelly, frost, fr. geler to freeze. L. gelare; akin to gelu frost. See Gelid

verb Jel"ly
To become jelly; to come to the state or consistency of jelly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A preserve made of the jelled juice of fruit
  2. An edible jelly (sweet or pungent) made with gelatin and used as a dessert or salad base or a coating for foods
  3. Any substance having the consistency of jelly or gelatin
  4. Make into jelly

Borrowing from Old French gelée, from geler (“to congeal”), from Latin gelō, gelāre.

  1. (New Zealand, Australia, Britain) A dessert made by boiling gelatine, sugar and some flavouring (often derived from fruit) and allowing it to set, known as "jello" in North America.
  2. (Canada, US) A clear or translucent fruit preserve, made from fruit juice and set using either naturally occurring, or added, pectin. Known as "jam" in Commonwealth English.
  3. A similar dish made with meat.
  4. Any substance or object having the consistency of jelly.
  5. (zoology) A jellyfish.
  6. (slang, now rare) A pretty girl; a girlfriend.
  7. (US, slang) A large backside, especially a woman's.
  8. (colloquial) Short for gelignite.
  9. (colloquial) A jelly shoe.

Clipping of jealous +‎ -y (“(casual)”).

    Notable Persons Named Jelly

    Jelly Roll Morton was a ragtime, jazz, twelve-bar blues, dixieland, and swing music vaudeville comedian, bandleader, composer, arranger, and vaudeville. He holds the title Tiger Rag". His most notable accomplishments were from 1900 to 1941. Jelly was given the name Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe on October 20th, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Jelly is also known as Jelly Roll Morton. He passed away on July 10th, 1941.


    Jelly Roll is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 2005 to present. Jelly was given the name Jason DeFord . Jelly is also known as Jelly Roll, Totem Pole Roll, and Fat Man Jones.


    Jelly was born on May 30th, 1893. She passed away on March 30th, 1966.



    Jelly Selau is a soccer player for the F.C. Manu Laeva and Tuvalu national football team. Jelly was born on July 23rd, 1983 in Nukulaelae.


    Jelly Taylor was a baseball player. Jelly was born on July 7th, 1910 in London, Ohio. He passed away in 1976.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jelly


    David F. Jelly was an MLA for Regina. David was born on September 28th, 1847 in Thames Centre. He died on December 27th, 1911.


    Ted Jelly was a soccer player for the Leicester City F.C. and Plymouth Argyle F.C. Ted was born on August 28th, 1921 in Leicester, England. He passed away on January 16th, 2000.


    William was born in 1835. He left this life in 1900.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Jelly U.S.
      White 76.13% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 16.77% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.23% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Jelly

    People with the last name Jelly are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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    Fun Facts about the name Jelly

    • How Popular is the name Jelly? As a last name Jelly was the 113,155th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Jelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Jelly is Friday, April 12th, 1895.
    • How unique is the name Jelly? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Jelly. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Jelly: Your name in reverse order is Yllej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yejll. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Jelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 155 people with the last name Jelly.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jelly? Jelly is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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