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vanilla

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noun va·nil·la \və-ˈni-lə, -ˈne-\

Simple Definition of vanilla

  • : a dark substance that is made from the beans of a tropical plant and that is used to flavor food

Full Definition of vanilla

  1. 1 a :  vanilla bean b :  a commercially important extract of the vanilla bean that is used especially as a flavoring

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Vanilla) of tropical American climbing epiphytic orchids

Examples of vanilla

  1. The frosting is flavored with vanilla.



Origin of vanilla

New Latin, from Spanish vainilla vanilla (plant and fruit), diminutive of vaina sheath, from Latin vagina sheath, vagina


First Known Use: 1662


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vanilla

adjective va·nil·la

Simple Definition of vanilla

  • : having the flavor of vanilla

  • : not having any special features or qualities

Full Definition of vanilla

  1. 1 :  flavored with vanilla

  2. 2 :  lacking distinction :  plain, ordinary, conventional

Examples of vanilla

  1. The décor is pretty vanilla.

  2. <a plain vanilla version of a song that's been recorded more times than necessary>



1846

First Known Use of vanilla

1846


VANILLA Defined for Kids

vanilla

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noun va·nil·la \və-ˈni-lə, -ˈne-\

Definition of vanilla

  1. :  a substance extracted from vanilla beans and used as a flavoring especially for sweet foods and beverages




Medical Dictionary

vanilla

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noun va·nil·la \və-ˈnil-ə, -ˈnel-\

Medical Definition of vanilla

  1. 1a:  vanilla beanb:  a commercially important extract of the vanilla bean that is prepared by soaking comminuted vanilla beans in water and ethyl alcohol and that is used especially as a flavoring (as in pharmaceutical preparations)

  2. 2:  any of a genus (Vanilla) of tropical American climbing orchids





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