country on the SW coast of South America, between the Andes and the Pacific: gained independence from Spain in 1818: 284,520 sq mi (736,904 sq km); pop. 13,232,000; cap. Santiago
Variant of chili.
A country of southwest South America with a long Pacific coastline. Originally inhabited by Araucanian Indian peoples, it was colonized by Spain in 1541 and declared its independence in 1818. Chile annexed mineral-rich territory from Bolivia and Peru following the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). After numerous coups d'état and periods of military rule in the 20th century, Chile reestablished democratic rule in 1990. Santiago is the capital and the largest city.
- (US, regional) Alternative form of chili (a chili pepper).
From Spanish. A variant of chili, chilli; see that entry for more information.
(plural chillun or chirren)
- (US, dialect, South, African American Vernacular) child
Spelling representing a pronunciation of child.