[ chil-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪl i /

noun, plural chil·lies.

Nearby words

  1. chilled,
  2. chilled to the bone,
  3. chiller,
  4. chiller cabinet,
  5. chiller-diller,
  6. chilli con carne,
  7. chilli powder,
  8. chilli sauce,
  9. chillicothe,
  10. chilling


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.

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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British Dictionary definitions for chilli



/ (ˈtʃɪlɪ) /

noun plural chillies or chilies

the small red hot-tasting pod of a type of capsicum used for flavouring sauces, pickles, etc

Word Origin for chilli

C17: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli

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Word Origin and History for chilli



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.

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