: lacking special features or qualities : basic

Examples of plain-vanilla in a Sentence

we decided to buy the plain-vanilla model because we don't have a lot of money to spend on extras
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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plain-vanilla was in 1959

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“Plain-vanilla.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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