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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Add mango to frozen margaritas and rim glasses with chili-salt. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Claire's tip of the week: Say cheers to mango cocktails," 8 June 2018 Stir the corn and add the tomato and onion and cook for 3-5 minutes; add the chili salt and stir. Veronica Hinke, chicagotribune.com, "Sun's out, grills out: Suburban Chicago chefs offer tips to grill right this season," 7 May 2018 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

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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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