- a republic in SW South America, on the Pacific Coast. 286,396 sq. mi. (741,765 sq. km). Capital: Santiago.
or chil·e, chil·li
Origin of chili
Examples from the Web for chile
The rift put Washington at odds with countries like Brazil, Uruguay or Chile, which seemed to have come to terms with their past.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
How exciting were the 120 minutes of regular play in Brazil vs. Chile even prior to the dramatic shootout ending?What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From Portugal, Costa Rica, and England in the World Cup
July 1, 2014
Chile relleno is another meatless meal, served in a mild salsa ranchero redolent of tomatoes.Holy Molé: Tucson’s Mexican Food with a Kick
Jane & Michael Stern
June 29, 2014
Voting with the United States and Europe were Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and South Korea.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style
June 26, 2014
Harry will visit Estonia and Italy in May, followed by a visit to Brazil and Chile in June.Cressida Wedding Summit
April 4, 2014
Since the war with Chile railroad enterprise has been checked.The Railroad Question
I played marbles an' runnin' an' jumpin' when I wus a chile.
I reckon that the parient has a heap ter du with makin' th' chile.Among the Pines
James R. Gilmore
The next important item on the Mexican peones' bill of fare is Chile.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Sir, do you not think every chile should be provided a desk?Bonaventure
George Washington Cable
- a variant spelling of chilli
- a republic in South America, on the Pacific, with a total length of about 4090 km (2650 miles) and an average width of only 177 km (110 miles): gained independence from Spain in 1818; the government of President Allende (elected 1970) attempted the implementation of Marxist policies within a democratic system until overthrown by a military coup (1973); democracy restored 1988. Chile consists chiefly of the Andes in the east, the Atacama Desert in the north, a central fertile region, and a huge S region of almost uninhabitable mountains, glaciers, fjords, and islands; an important producer of copper, iron ore, nitrates, etc. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Santiago. Pop: 17 216 945 (2013 est). Area: 756 945 sq km (292 256 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for chile
South American country, probably named from a local native word subsequently confused with Mexican Spanish chile "chili pepper" (see chili). Suggestions are that the native word means "land's end" or else "cold, winter," which would make a coincidental convergence with English chilly. Related: Chilean.
also chilli, 1660s, from Nahuatl chilli, native name for the peppers. Not named for the South American country. As short for chile con carne and similar dishes, attested by 1846.