Definition of piri-piri in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpirēˈpirē/
(also pil-pil /ˈpēl ˌpēl/)


Portuguese term for hot chilies or the hot sauce made from them.
Example sentences
  • I'm slightly tipsy and I have chicken grease and hot piri-piri sauce running down my face.
  • If an eye-watering piri-piri sauce is your idea of the ideal barbecue accompaniment, then go for white wines with a good dollop of grapey sweetness.
  • An important seasoning is cumin; equally important is piri-piri, a hot red chili often used to season barbecued chicken.


Ronga (a Bantu language of southern Mozambique), literally 'pepper'.

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Syllabification: pi·ri-pi·ri

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