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chili

noun \ˈchi-lē\

Simple Definition of chili

  • : a small pepper with a very hot flavor

  • : a spicy dish made of ground beef, hot peppers or chili powder, and usually beans

  • : a similar dish made without meat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chili

plural

chilies

also

chiles

or

chilis

or

chillies

  1. 1 a usually chile plural chiles :  a hot pepper of any of a group of cultivars (Capsicum annuum annuum group longum) noted for their pungency —called also chili pepper b usually chilli plural chillies also chillis chiefly British :  a pepper whether hot or sweet

  2. 2 a :  a thick sauce of meat and chiles b :  chili con carne; also :  a similar dish made without meat <vegetarian chili>

Variants of chili

also

chile

or

chilli

\ˈchi-lē\

Origin and Etymology of chili

Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chīlli


First Known Use: 1604


CHILI Defined for Kids

chili

noun \ˈchi-lē\

Definition of chili for Students

plural

chilies

also

chiles

or

chilis

or

chillies

  1. 1 :  a small pepper with a very hot flavor

  2. 2 :  a spicy stew of ground beef and chilies usually with beans



Variants of chili

also

chile

or

chilli

\ˈchi-lē\

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