from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Very cold; icy: gelid ocean waters. See Synonyms at cold.

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  • adj. Very cold; icy or frosty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Cold; very cold; frozen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Cold; very cold; icy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. extremely cold


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin gelidus, from gelū, frost; see gel- in Indo-European roots.

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First attested in 1630. From Latin gelidus ("cold"), from gelu ("frost").


  • According to the company, the name comes from "The English word" gelid "[which] is derived from the Latin word" gelidus "(extremely cold, icy)."

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  • The English word "gelid" is derived from the Latin word "gelidus" (extremely


  • The door shut, lifting dust into the gelid flaming moon.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • He sprang back clutching the flesh over his gelid heart.

    Happy Landings

  • The door shut behind him, lifting dust into the gelid flaming moon of that night.

    We Stabbed and a Mighty Scarf Shot Red

  • His face had been gelid as a glacier throughout the semester, but now, I thought I saw him smile.

    The Parable of the Spider

  • It was a gelid 12 degrees, hardly weather to view public art, but I can be contrarian.

    Allan M. Jalon: Arts Lust: The Otterness Blizzard

  • There is, for instance, something perturbingly gelid about the satisfaction with which he describes the jacket he wore to visit his wife on her deathbed ( "punk Harris tweed with a Rhodesian flag on the back and an Umbro label on the front", since you ask).

    Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow by Detmar Blow

  • Ghosts six feet under, the gelid indifference and bland, sneering laughter of mutants with money, dreams sucked from marrow and spit into gutters ...

    Dry Rot

  • You don't need to see the fin, count the teeth, stare into the gelid, dead eye to know how close you just came to disaster.

    MIND MELD: Worldbuilding


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  • She got a surprise, dead Nell did;

    She learned of a secret that hell hid:

    It’s no fiery bed

    But what you most dread.

    For warmth-loving Nell it is gelid.

    November 13, 2017

  • The kid's half eaten carcase in a gelid blood soup. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 2, 2012

  • cold and gel are etymologically related words

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  • Spätlese cooling in the gelid spring.

    - Peter Reading, C, 1984

    July 4, 2008

  • "' collections come from one of the driest parts of the whole terraneous globe. They need very careful attention... Once they are tumbled and tossed unprepared, on the gelid billows, all is lost—their pristine glory is gone for ever.'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 232

    March 16, 2008

  • Gelid light and air were in the kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere.

    Joyce, Ulysses, 4

    December 31, 2006