chili

noun
\ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce chili (audio) \
variants: or less commonly or chiefly British chilli
plural chilies also chiles or chilis or chiefly British chillies

Definition of chili

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Chili

geographical name
\ ˈchi-lē How to pronounce Chili (audio) \

Definition of Chili (Entry 2 of 2)

former, especially British name for Chile or for the once poorly defined Andes border region between Chile and Argentina

Examples of chili in a Sentence

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In addition to honey and olive oil, the company launched a chili oil, which speaks to its founders’ Asian-American backgrounds. Charlotte Palermino, Marie Claire, "15 Women to Watch in the CBD Industry," 16 Apr. 2019 Prepare this slow-cooker dinner in the morning to come home to a hearty bowl of this spicy chili. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chili," 30 Jan. 2019 Ocean Beach will celebrate its 39th street fest and chili cook-off, which more than 70,000 visitors attend every year. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Top weekend events: Vans Warped Tour, San Diego International Fringe Festival, 'Avenue Q'," 22 June 2018 Beyond the two celebrations, there are art show openings, Shabbat dinners, a chili cook-off and more happening around Summit County. cleveland.com, "11 things to do in Akron and Summit County this week: Valentine's Day, Fat Tuesday events, more," 12 Feb. 2018 Combine chili-garlic sauce, lime zest and juice, and ginger in a bowl. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus," 21 Feb. 2019 Kirkland gets the Indian restaurant Cafe Bahar, which not only does biryani and goat curry but also Indo-Chinese cuisine such as Hakka noodles and chili-garlic fried rice. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Bellevue lands a famous, big-name hot-pot spot and 42 other new openings around the Seattle area," 13 Feb. 2019 And today’s study takes the first steps toward answering it: the team tested the compounds on cells sporting irritant receptors known to be triggered by things like cigarette smoke and chili peppers. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Vape flavors can make nasty new chemicals in your e-liquid," 18 Oct. 2018 Add the red chili pepper flakes and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Kim Walker, Woman's Day, "Desperation Dinners: Shrimp Scampi," 14 July 2010

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First Known Use of chili

Noun

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chili

Noun

Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chīlli

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chili

noun

English Language Learners 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

chili

noun
variants: also chile or chilli \ ˈchi-​lē \
plural chilies also chiles or chilis or chillies

Kids Definition of chili

1 : a small pepper with a very hot flavor
2 : a spicy stew of ground beef and chilies usually with beans

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