Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A country of southwest South America with a long Pacific coastline. Originally inhabited by Araucanian Indian peoples, it was colonized by Spain in 1541 and declared its independence in 1818. Chile annexed mineral-rich territory from Bolivia and Peru following the War of the Pacific (1879–1884). After numerous coups d'état and periods of military rule in the 20th century, Chile reestablished democratic rule in 1990. Santiago is the capital and the largest city.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See chilli.

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  • proper noun A country in South America. Official name: Republic of Chile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency
  • noun a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast

Etymologies

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From Quechua chili ("the end of the world").

Examples

  • Serious if chile can release it then the US should be able to. have anyone heard any complaints about the “issues” ATT is holding it for from Chile or Rogers users?

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  • Den it was, chile, dat I thought of what my mother told me, years ago; it came to me, all fresh -- 'Chile, when trouble comes, you ask de Lord to help you;' and I saw dat I had n't asked de Lord to help me; and now, says I to myself, de Lord can't help me; 'cause he

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  • CHILE MINE COLLAPSE: An interactive about the mine collapse in Chile and the 33 miners trapped underground including a timeline and bios of the miners is available, - international/chile - mine - collapse.

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  • SANTIAGO, CHILE: An earthquake has rattled an area in northern Chile where the South American country's main mining operations are located.

    The Times of India

  • Trapped chile miners this is the raw video of the trapped Chile minners

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  • CHILE MINE COLLAPSE: An interactive about the mine collapse in Chile and the 33 miners trapped underground including a timeline and bios of the miners is available, international/chileminecollapse.

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  • CONCEPCION, CHILE - Authorities in Chile say yesterday's earthquake has left about 300 dead.

    KELOLAND.COM: News, Weather and Sports

  • CHILE: A massive magnitude-8. 8 earthquake struck south-central Chile early on Saturday, reportedly killing 52 people, triggering a tsunami and rattling buildings in the capital Santiago.

    The Times of India

  • TALCA, CHILE - One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded struck Chile today, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Trapped chile miners this is the raw video of the trapped Chile minners

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Comments

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  • Be sure to check all of your Chilean coins!

    February 14, 2010

  • There's been a lot of bad news coming out of Chile this past week. I keep hearing radio news reports about the earthquake, and I know that when I hear one of these reports, I ought to focus on the tragedy and what I can do to help. Instead, my logophile mind focuses on the word "Chile" -- has anyone else noticed that this word is behaving strangely in the mouths of newscasters?

    Most Americans, I think, pronounce it "chilly" (/tʃɪli/). From what I know of Spanish, the local pronunciation is probably closer to "chee-leh" (/tʃile/). I would expect an American newscaster to either use the American pronunciation or an American approximation of the Chilean pronunciation ("chee-lay", /tʃileɪ/, which is what I use).

    Instead, every newscaster I've heard has pronounced it "chillay" (/tʃɪleɪ/). Isn't that weird? Why would the first syllable be American and the second syllable Chilean? To my ear, "chillay" is an awkward amalgam, and I cannot fathom why anyone, especially a newscaster, would use it.

    Can anyone explain this?

    March 5, 2010

  • I'd also be interested to hear how newscasters outside of the U.S. are pronouncing it.

    March 5, 2010

  • Sounds more cultured than "chilly", also has hints of backformation from adjectival form "chillayan".

    March 5, 2010

  • if the stress is on the 2nd syllable and it rhymes with 'delay', then it sounds like a good compromise between naturalness and authenticity. to me, there's nothing as American as the /ei/ used to approximate the pure /e/.

    March 6, 2010

  • moreover, I've found that the phonology of borrowings exhibits a strange combination of awareness and lack of awareness. In the form "chilLAY", the majority of speakers (or announcers, rather) seem to be more strongly aware of length than vowel quality. while /i/ is the vowel in the original country name, it is a short /i/, nigh impossible in Standard English--to this end, they have employed /I/, which satisfies the length component at the expense of the vowel. now, the question is, why should YOUR linguistic system feel the vowel quality is more important than length?

    March 6, 2010

  • If you consider its pronunciation in the phrase "Honey chile", then it's a capitonym (according to the rigorous definition*, not the ridiculously sloppy version of "capitonym" promulgated here on Weirdnik)

    *: a word whose pronunciation changes depending on its capitalization status. See this list

    March 6, 2010

  • I eat my peas with honey

    I've done it all the while

    It makes the peas taste funny

    But it keeps them on the perception that I only rehashed this bit of doggerel to attempt a gratuituous end rhyme with honey chile

    March 6, 2010

  • But ridiculously sloppy can be fun!

    *pouts*

    What if we were to capitalize the word "capitonyms" when they're describing only the proper (non-sloppy) ones?

    March 6, 2010

  • There's no dictionary definition here in Weirdnikland yet, so I propose that we pronounce Capitonym the usual way, and pronounce capitonym as captionym.

    March 6, 2010