Definition of chilli noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (North American English chili) noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɪli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɪli//
    (pl. chillies, (North American English)chilies)
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  1. 1 (also chilli pepper, North American English also chili pepper) [countable, uncountable] the small green or red fruit of a type of pepper plant that is used in cooking to give a hot taste to food, often dried or made into powder, also called chilli or chilli powder
  2. 2 [uncountable] = chilli con carne
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Spanish chile, from Nahuatl chilli.

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