- the tasteless, odorless, brittle mixture of proteins extracted by boiling skin, bones, horns, etc.; also, a similar vegetable substance: gelatin dissolves in hot water, forming a jellylike substance when cool, and is used in the preparation of various foods, medicine capsules, photographic film, etc.
- something, as a jelly, made with gelatin
- a sheet of translucent, colored material, placed over stage lights for special effects
Origin of gelatinFrench gélatine ; from Italian gelatina ; from gelata, a jelly ; from past participle of Classical Latin gelare, to freeze ; from Indo-European base an unverified form gel-, to freeze from source cool, Classical Latin gelu, frost
- a. A colorless or slightly yellow, transparent, brittle protein formed by boiling the specially prepared skin, bones, and connective tissue of animals and used in foods, drugs, and photographic film.b. Any of various similar substances.
- A jelly made with gelatin, used as a dessert or salad base.
- A thin sheet made of colored gelatin used in theatrical lighting. Also called gel.
Origin of gelatinFrench gélatine, from Italian gelatina, diminutive of gelata, jelly, from feminine past participle of gelare, to freeze, from Latin gelare; see gel- in Indo-European roots.