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variant spelling of chili

or chili pepper : a hot pepper of any of a group of cultivars (Capsicum annuum annuum group longum) noted for their pungency
chiefly British chilli : a pepper whether hot or sweet
: a thick sauce of meat and chilies
liked to cover her spaghetti with red chili
: chili con carne
a bowl of chili
also : a similar dish made without beef
vegetarian chili
seafood chili


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pronunciation spelling

used for "child" chiefly in spoken African American English especially of the southern U.S. and in written representations of such speech
… sources close to the situation have said that the "Love on the Brain" singer is remaining in Barbados while awaiting the birth of her first chile, as Newsweek also notes.Shanelle Genai
often used as an affectionate or friendly way of addressing someone
"Chile, no one looks great this early in the morning," [Debbie] Allen [actress] replied with a chuckle, thanking her. …Tonja Renée Stidhum
The couple shared the amazing news on Instagram, and chile … that ring is everything! …Jasmine Grant
[Nikole] Hannah-Jones [investigative journalist] decided the best response would be to quote King accurately by reading excerpts of his speeches without mentioning explicitly that they were his words. "And, whew, chile, it was AMAZING," she said.David Moye

Examples of chile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
There is plenty of spice here—some subtle, some not—and diners may come across new-to-them chile peppers. Laura Ness, The Mercury News, 2 June 2024 The Pride Brunch Burger blends lemon chile aioli, green onion, bacon, tater tots, queso blanco, medium egg and candied pepitas on a rainbow waffle tortilla. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 31 May 2024 Add the garlic and chile and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. 3. Lidey Heuck, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2024 As of March 2023, ‘roasting green chile’ is now the official scent of New Mexico. Christine Chitnis, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for chile 

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Word History

First Known Use

Pronunciation Spelling

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chile was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Chile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Chi·​le ˈchi-lē How to pronounce Chile (audio)
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 Valparaíso area 291,933 square miles (756,102 square kilometers), population 17,925,000
ˈchi-lē-ən How to pronounce Chile (audio)
adjective or noun

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