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noun,plural chil·lies.
  1. Chiefly British. variant of chili.

Words Nearby chilli Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use chilli in a sentence

  • This is the chilli; the pepper-pods of that name, a species of capsicum; the guinea-pepper.

    Mexico | Charles Reginald Enock
  • Here tomatoes are also used, and to give the stew flavor chilli sauce is added.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • I'd fight a wild bull this minute for a single red-chilli pepper.

    The Pride of Palomar | Peter B. Kyne
  • Here in his garden he provided us with a meal of excellent macaroni and a very hot chilli salad.

    Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
  • Polpi alla Luciana are small octopi stewed in an earthern pot with oil, tomatoes, chilli, and red wine.

British Dictionary definitions for chilli



/ (ˈtʃɪlɪ) /

nounplural chillies or chilies
  1. the small red hot-tasting pod of a type of capsicum used for flavouring sauces, pickles, etc

Origin of chilli

C17: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli

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