nounWord forms: plural ˈchilies or ˈchilis 2. the tropical American hot red pepper (Capsicum frutescens var. longum) bearing this pod. see also capsicum (sense 1) 3. any of various other types of peppers, used esp. in Mexican cooking 4.
a. chili con carne
b. any of various typically milder-flavored dishes like this, often containing other vegetables, pasta, etc. and sometimes meatless
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Word origin of 'chili'MexSp < Nahuatl či:lli