Chili definition

chĭlē
A stew made of meat or beans (or both) and usually tomatoes, spiced with chili peppers or chili powder.
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The pungent fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum, used especially as a flavoring in cooking.
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The dried pod of red pepper, a very hot seasoning.
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The tropical American hot red pepper (Capsicum frutescens var. longum) bearing this pod.
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Any of various other types of peppers, used esp. in Mexican cooking.
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Any of various typically milder-flavored dishes like this, often containing other vegetables, pasta, etc. and sometimes meatless.
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The pungent/spicy fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum peppers, used especially to add heat, or as a flavouring in cooking; associated with Mexican, Indian, and Tex-Mex cuisine.

The farmers’ market had a wide variety of chilis from anchos to jalapeños to habaneros.

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A dish made with this fruit and other ingredients, such as beans and beef; chili con carne.

I fancy having some chili for dinner tonight. What about you?

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(uncountable) Powdered chili peppers, used as a spice or flavouring in cooking.

I want to make this pasta spicy so I’m going to add some chili to it.

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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of chili - chilli

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
chili
Plural:
chilies, chilis

Origin of chili

  • Spanish chile from Nahuatl chīlli

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A variant of chilli; from Nahuatl chilli, via Spanish.

    From Wiktionary