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[chil-ee] /ˈtʃɪl i/
noun, plural chilies.
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.
Also, chile, chilli.
Origin of chili
1655-65; < Mexican Spanish chile < Nahuatl chīlli chili pepper
Can be confused
Chile, chili, chilly. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chili
  • It has added chicken dishes and has also added chili to some of its offerings.
  • There's a fungus among us chili fans-and some of the spicy peppers evolve their kick to repel it, a new study says.
  • Scientists have known for some time that it is a compound known as capsaicin that gives chili peppers their kick.
  • Cravings for homemade chili and freshly picked apples kick in.
  • Spicy and hearty, this chili only gets better when it's made ahead.
  • Think of dried chili peppers or flowers pressed in books.
  • Not only is this chili easy to make ahead, it actually improves with time.
  • The chili bangle adornment located between the two cups lights up when a comfortable temperature is achieved.
  • chili pepper plants make the chemical that causes that burning sensation you get from eating the peppers.
  • Serve soup drizzled with good olive oil and dusted lightly with chili powder if desired.
British Dictionary definitions for chili


noun (pl) chillies, chilies
the small red hot-tasting pod of a type of capsicum used for flavouring sauces, pickles, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli
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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
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Slang definitions & phrases for chili



Wonderful; excellent; cool, neat: You're chilly. You're okay, Sarge (1980s+ Teenagers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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chili in Technology
D.L. Abt. A language for systems programming, based on ALGOL 60 with extensions for structures and type declarations.
["CHILI, An Algorithmic Language for Systems Programming", CHI-1014, Chi Corp, Sep 1975]
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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