Definition of jell in English:


verbjells, jelling, jelled

[with object]
  • 1North American (of a liquid or semi-liquid substance) set or become more solid.

    ‘she works at it all day but can't get the jelly to jell’
    ‘chicken or fish stock will jell when chilled’
    set, stiffen, solidify, thicken, harden
  • 2North American (of a project or idea) take a definite form or begin to work well.

    ‘he decided to do a different film that would jell at the box office’
    take shape, come together, fall into place, happen, take form, form, emerge, crystallize, materialize, become definite
    1. 2.1(of people) work well together.
      ‘we went out there and tried to win, but we just didn't jell’


Mid 18th century back-formation from jelly. See also gel.