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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vanilla

  1. 1 :  flavored with vanilla

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

Examples of vanilla in a sentence

  1. The décor is pretty vanilla.

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



Did You Know?

For lexicographers, vanilla has more flavor than chocolate, because it adds a tasty synonym for plain to the English menu. The noun vanilla was first served up in 1662, but it took almost 200 years for its adjective use to become established for things, like ice and sugar, flavored with vanilla. By the 1970s vanilla was perceived as being the plain flavor of the ice-cream world, and people began using the word itself to describe anything plain, ordinary, or conventional.

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 for Students

  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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