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



    BrE BrE//vəˈnɪlə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vəˈnɪlə//
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  1. 1flavoured with vanilla vanilla ice cream
  2. 2(informal) ordinary; not special in any way The city is pretty much plain vanilla. This is only the vanilla version of the software.
  3. 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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