or chil·e, chil·li

[ chil-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪl i /

noun, plural chil·ies.

Also called chili pepper. the pungent pod of any of several species of Capsicum, especially C. annuum longum: used in cooking for its pungent flavor.
a meatless version of chili con carne.

Nearby words

  1. chilean firebush,
  2. chilean guava,
  3. chilean sea bass,
  4. chilectomy,
  5. chilectropion,
  6. chili cheese fries,
  7. chili con carne,
  8. chili dog,
  9. chili oil,
  10. chili pepper

Origin of chili

1655–65; < Mexican Spanish chile < Nahuatl chīlli chili pepper

Can be confusedChile chili chilly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for chili



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper