Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of chili.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative form of chili. Alternative form of chile. (a pepper)
  • n. Alternative form of chili: chili con carne.
  • n. Powdered chilli peppers, used as a spice or flavouring in cooking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See chili.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pod or fruit of the Capsicum annuum or Guinea pepper, the chilli colorado of the Mexicans. Also spelled chile, chili

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

  • n. very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency

Etymologies

From Nahuatl chilli (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Your chilli is just perfect for a day like today, it looks so hearty and yummy.

    Autumn Chili

  • Stir in chilli-bean paste and fry for a few more seconds.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Note: I have been reminded that chilli is the Nahuatl word from which chile came into Spanish.

    Chilli vs. Chile

  • a human finger in a bowl of chilli is still illegal.

    Think Progress » NYT:

  • Given the many possibilities for confusion, I agree with Alan Davidson and others that we should refer to pungent capsicums with the original and unambiguous Nahuatl name chilli.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • In China the chilli is a major spice in Sichuan and Hunan provinces; in Europe, Hungary has its paprika and Spain its pimenton.

    On Food and Cooking, The Science and Lore of the Kitchen

  • I thought the chilli was a little too oily though as you can see from the first picture.

    HarbX - Graphic Freshies

  • Similar pastes called chilli sambala ranging from mild to very hot are used in Indian cookery.

    Article Source

  • Capsicum is also known as chilli (usually spelt 'chili' in the United States), paprika, pimiento, and sweet, red, cayenne or bird pepper, depending upon the type and the way in which it is used.

    Article Source

  • A word about nomenclature: How do you spell this word "chilli" anyway?

    Archive 2007-08-01

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  • also spelled chile and chili

    September 28, 2010