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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chili

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chil"i
A kind of red pepper. See Capsicum

Etymology: Sp. chili chile

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency
  2. Ground beef and chili peppers or chili powder often with tomatoes and kidney beans

A variant of chilli; from Classical Nahuatl chilli, via Spanish chile.

  1. The pungent, spicy fresh or dried fruit of any of several cultivated varieties of capsicum peppers, used especially to add heat, or as a flavouring in cooking; associated with Mexican, Tex-Mex, and Indian cuisine.
    The farmers’ market had a wide variety of from anchos to jalapeños to habaneros.
  2. A dish made with this fruit and other ingredients, such as beans and beef; chili con carne.
    I fancy having some for dinner tonight. What about you?
  3. (uncountable) Powdered chili pepper, used as a spice or flavouring in cooking.
    I want to make this pasta spicy so I’m going to add some to it.

chili was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Chili

Chili Davis is a baseball player for the Boston Red Sox. Chili was born on January 17th, 1960 in Kingston, Jamaica.


She was most prominent from 1927 to 1960. Chili was given the name Dorothy Irene Boucher on September 12th, 1909 in Fulham. Chili is also known as Dorothy Bouchier, Boucher, and Dorothy. She breathed her last breath on September 9th, 1999.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Chili

Pierfrancesco Chili is a motorcycle rider.


Manuel was born in Royal Audiencia of Quito. He died in 1796.


Sung was given the name 宋乾琳 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.


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Popularity of Chili as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Chili

  • When was the first name Chili first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Chili is Wednesday, April 27th, 1904.
  • How unique is the name Chili? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Chili. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Chili: Your name in reverse order is Ilihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ichli. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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