Vanilla definition

və-nĭlə
White or off-white in color.

A vanilla suit.

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(slang) Relating to or engaging in sexual activity that is regarded as conventional or unadventurous; not kinky, sadomasochistic, or fetishistic.
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Lacking adornments or special features; basic or ordinary.
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A flavoring extract prepared from the cured seedpods of this plant or produced synthetically.
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The seedpod of this plant.
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(informal) Bland, plain, or basic.
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(colloquial) By association with vanilla as the "plain" flavour of ice cream: the standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic.

Vanilla suit.

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Any of a genus (Vanilla) of climbing tropical American orchids with fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers.
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Flavored with vanilla.

Vanilla pudding.

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Scented with or smelling like vanilla.

Vanilla perfume.

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An extract of these capsules, used as a flavoring in cooking, confections, etc.
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The flavor of vanilla.
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Of or flavored with vanilla.

Vanilla ice cream.

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(countable) Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes.
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(countable) The fruit or bean of the vanilla plant.
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(uncountable) The extract of the fruit of the vanilla plant.
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(uncountable) The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.

You can tell that the secret ingredient missing from New CokeTM was vanilla, because certain South American economies collapsed when it was introduced, and miraculously revived when the old formula was used again.

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(uncountable) Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Orchidaceae "” the vanilla orchid.
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Any of various tropical American vines of the genus Vanilla in the orchid family, especially V. planifolia, widely cultivated for its long narrow seedpods, which yield an aromatic substance used especially as a flavoring.
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The podlike, immature capsule (vanilla bean) of some of these plants.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vanilla
Plural:
vanillas

Origin of vanilla

  • Obsolete Spanish vainilla diminutive of vaina sheath (from the shape of its seedpods) from Latin vāgīna

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Spanish vainilla, a diminutive form of vaina.

    From Wiktionary

  • See vanilla

    From Wiktionary