Definition of chilli in English:

chilli

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɪli
 
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(also chilli pepper, US chili or chile)

noun (plural chillies, US chilies or chiles)

  • 1A small hot-tasting pod of a variety of capsicum, used in sauces, relishes, and spice powders. There are various forms with pods of differing size, colour, and strength of flavour.
    • Capsicum annuum variety annuum, ‘longum’ group or variety longum
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    • 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 chilli powder.
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    • 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 chilli con carne.
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    • 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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