• (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈt͡ʃɪli/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈt͡ʃɪliː/


  1. The pungent, spicy fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum peppers, used especially to add heat, or as a flavouring in cooking; associated with certain cuisines including Mexican, Tex-Mex, Indian, Thai and some parts of China.
    The farmers’ market had a wide variety of chilis from anchos to jalapeños to habaneros.
  2. (chiefly, US) A dish made with this fruit and other ingredients, such as beans and beef; chili con carne.
    I fancy having some chili for dinner tonight. What about you?
    1. (Cincinnati) Cincinnati chili.
  3. (uncountable) Powdered chili pepper, used as a spice or flavouring in cooking.
    I want to make this pasta spicy so I’m going to add some chili to it.
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Proper noun
  1. (dated) Alternative form of Chile
    • 1827, Joseph Andrews, Journey from Buenos Ayres through the provinces of Cordova, Tucuman, and Salta, to Potosi, thence by the Deserts of Caranja to Arica, and subsequently to Santiago de Chili and Coquimbo, undertaken on behalf of the Chilian and Peruvian Mining Association, volume 1, page 274:
      That I might have gone to Chili, and expended nearly the amount of a first instalment, while I passed my hours in comparative enjoyment, you must readily admit was in my power.
    • 1839, John K Townsend, Narrative of a Journey across the Rocky Mountains, to the Columbia River, and a visit to the Sandwich Islands, Chili, &c.
  • IPA: /ˈtʃaɪlaɪ/
Proper noun
  1. A town in New York, USA.

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