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Write the Right Word: Chili, Chile, Chilly

While chili, Chile and chilly sound the same, they can’t be used interchangeably.

If you’re talking about the pepper or the popular food usually made with meat and beans, it’s chili. By the way, the plural is chilies. For example: “Some cooks like to use extra-hot chilies in their chili.”

Chile is the long, narrow country along South America’s western edge. “A friend plans to visit Chile this spring.”

Chilly is a weather term. It means moderately cold. “A chilly wind is blowing from the north.”

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