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chili

Syllabification: chil·i
Pronunciation: /ˈCHilē
 
/
(also chili pepper or chile or British chilli)

Definition of chili in English:

noun (plural chilies or chiles or British chillies)

1A small hot-tasting pod of a variety of capsicum, used chopped (and often dried) in sauces, relishes, and spice powders. There are various forms with pods of differing size, color, and strength of flavor, such as cascabels and jalapeños.
Example sentences
  • Seasonings for marinades run the gamut from herbs, spices, garlic, and chilies to fish sauce, salts, olives, and onions.
  • What he didn't tell you is that there were onions, garlic, oregano and chilies in the sauce, too.
  • Mix the olive oil, crushed chillies and thyme leaves with sea salt and black pepper.
1.1 short for chili powder.
Example sentences
  • The chicken is seasoned with a blend of jalapeno, cayenne, chili, and black and white pepper.
  • Heat half a tablespoon of ghee or oil, in a pan, and fry the coriander leaves along with the chilli, pepper and cumin seeds, till you get an aroma.
  • It's basically onion, garlic, green pepper, a can of tomatoes, sprinkle of chili, cayenne pepper and seasoning.
1.2 short for chili con carne.
Example sentences
  • My companions fell for the chicken and mushroom vol-au-vents served with salad and the chilli in pitta bread clicked with our photographer.
  • There are also recipes for cassoulet, sausage chilli, sausage pasta with capers and feta and, of course, sausage, egg and bacon panini: sausage rolls to you and me.
  • The addition of ceviche and chilli to sashimi and sushi could have been invented by Thor Heyerdahl to prove that the Japanese discovered Lima.

Origin

early 17th century: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli.

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