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A country of southwest South America with a long Pacific coastline. Originally inhabited by Araucanian Indian peoples, it was colonized by Spain in 1541 and declared its independence in 1818. Chile annexed mineral-rich territory from Bolivia and Peru following the War of the Pacific (1879-1884). After numerous coups d'état and periods of military rule in the 20th century, Chile reestablished democratic rule in 1990. Santiago is the capital and the largest city.
Variant of chili.
(Cookery) a variant spelling of chilli
(Placename) a republic in South America, on the Pacific, with a total length of about 4090 km (2650 miles) and an average width of only 177 km (110 miles): gained independence from Spain in 1818; the government of President Allende (elected 1970) attempted the implementation of Marxist policies within a democratic system until overthrown by a military coup (1973); democracy restored 1988. Chile consists chiefly of the Andes in the east, the Atacama Desert in the north, a central fertile region, and a huge S region of almost uninhabitable mountains, glaciers, fjords, and islands; an important producer of copper, iron ore, nitrates, etc. Language: Spanish. Religion: Roman Catholic majority. Currency: peso. Capital: Santiago. Pop: 17 216 945 (2013 est). Area: 756 945 sq km (292 256 sq miles)
a republic in SW South America, on the Pacific Coast. 14,973,843; 286,396 sq. mi. (741,765 sq. km). Cap.: Santiago.
Chil′e•an, adj., n.
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|Noun||1.||Chile - a republic in southern South America on the western slopes of the Andes on the south Pacific coast|
Lautaro Faction of the United Popular Action Movement, Lautaro Popular Rebel Forces, Lautaro Youth Movement - a violent terrorist group organized in the 1980s and advocating the overthrow of the Chilean military government; leaders are mainly criminals or impoverished youths
Manuel Rodriquez Patriotic Front - a terrorist group formed in 1983 as the armed wing of the Chilean Communist Party
OAS, Organization of American States - an association including most countries in the western hemisphere; created in 1948 to promote military and economic and social and cultural cooperation
Patagonia - region in southern South America between the Andes and the South Atlantic
Antofagasta - a port city on the Pacific in northern Chile
Chiloe - the largest Chilean island and the only one to be settled; located off south-central Chile
capital of Chile, Gran Santiago, Santiago de Chile, Santiago - the capital and largest city of Chile; located in central Chile; one of the largest cities in South America
Punta Arenas - a city in southern Chile on the Strait of Magellan; the southernmost city in the world
Temuco - a city in central Chile to the south of Concepcion
Valparaiso - the chief port and second largest city of Chile; located on a wide harbor in central Chile
Vina del Mar - a resort city on the Pacific in central Chile
Tierra del Fuego - an archipelago off southern South America; separated from the continent by the Strait of Magellan; islands are administered by Chile and by Argentina
Cape Horn - a rocky headland belonging to Chile at the southernmost tip of South America (south of Tierra del Fuego)
Cape Froward - a cape on the Strait of Magellan in southern Chile; the most southern point on the mainland of South America
Atacama Desert - a desert in northern Chile rich in nitrate and copper deposits
Guallatiri - the world's highest volcano; in the Andes in northern Chile; last erupted in 1959
Lascar - a volcano in the Andes in Chile
Tupungatito - an inactive volcano in central Chile; last erupted in 1959
Andes - a mountain range in South America running 5000 miles along the Pacific coast
El Muerto - a mountain peak in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (21,457 feet high)
Llullaillaco - a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,057 feet high)
Ojos del Salado - a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,572 feet high)
South America - a continent in the western hemisphere connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama
Tupungato - a mountain in the Andes on the border between Argentina and Chile (22,310 feet high)
Chilean - a native or inhabitant of Chile
|2.||chile - very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency|
hot pepper - any of various pungent capsicum fruits
chili powder - powder made of ground chili peppers mixed with e.g. cumin and garlic and oregano
Chile[ˈtʃɪlɪ] N → Chile m
n → Chile nt