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



BrE BrE//vəˈnɪlə//
; NAmE NAmE//vəˈnɪlə//
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[uncountable] a substance obtained from the beans of a tropical plant, also called vanilla, used to give flavour to sweet foods, for example ice cream (British English) vanilla essence (North American English) vanilla extract (British English) a vanilla pod (North American English) a vanilla bean Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Spanish vainilla ‘pod’, diminutive of vaina ‘sheath, pod’, from Latin vagina ‘sheath’. The spelling change was due to association with French vanille.
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