jelly etymology

English word jelly comes from Proto-Indo-European *gle-, and later Latin gelu (Chill. Frost.)

Detailed word origin of jelly

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gle- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
gelu Latin (lat) Chill. Frost.
gelo Latin (lat) I freeze, cause to congeal.. I frighten, petrify, cause to become rigid with fright.
geler Old French (fro) (ambitransitive) to freeze. (intransitive, _, or, _, reflexive) to be very cold.
gelée Old French (fro)
jelly English (eng) To make jelly.. To wiggle like jelly. (New Zealand, Australia, British) 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.. (North America) A clear or translucent fruit preserve, made from fruit juice and set using either naturally occurring, or added, pectin. Known as "jam" in Commonwealth [...]