variant spelling of

1a : a hot pepper of any of a group of cultivars (Capsicum annuum annuum group longum) noted for their pungency

called also chili pepper

b chiefly British chilli : a pepper whether hot or sweet
2a : a thick sauce of meat and chilies liked to cover her spaghetti with red chili
b : chili con carne a bowl of chili also : a similar dish made without beef vegetarian chili seafood chili


geographical name
Chi·​le | \ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce Chile (audio) , ˈchē-(ˌ)lā \

Definition of Chile (Entry 2 of 2)

long, narrow country of southwestern South America between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific; a republic whose capital is Santiago and whose legislative capital is Valpariso area 291,933 square miles (756,102 square kilometers), population 17,925,000

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Chilean \ ˈchi-​lē-​ən How to pronounce Chilean (audio) , chə-​ˈlā-​ən \ adjective or noun

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“Chile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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