chili

noun \ ˈchi-lē \
variants: or less commonly chile or chilli
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of chili

plural chilies also chiles or chilis or chillies
1 a : 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 a : a thick sauce of meat and chilies
  • liked to cover her spaghetti with red chili
b : chili con carne; also : a similar dish made without beef
  • vegetarian chili
  • seafood chili

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Origin and Etymology of chili

Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chīlli


Chili

geographical name \ ˈchi-lē \

Definition of Chili

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

CHILI Defined for English Language Learners

chili

noun

Definition of chili for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

chili

noun
variants: also chile or chilli \ˈchi-lē\

Definition of chili for Students

plural chilies also chiles or chilis or chillies
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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