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Borrowed from Spanish vainilla, a diminutive form of vaina (pod).


  • IPA(key): /vəˈnɪlə/
  • Rhymes: -ɪlə
  • IPA(key): /vəˈnɛlə/
  • Rhymes: -ɛlə


vanilla (countable and uncountable, plural vanillas)

  1. (countable) Any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla (especially Vanilla planifolia), bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food or in perfumes.
  2. (countable) The fruit or bean of the vanilla plant.
    Synonym: vanilla bean
  3. (uncountable) The extract of the fruit of the vanilla plant.
    Synonym: vanilla extract
  4. (uncountable) The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.
  5. (uncountable) Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals.
    Synonym: imitation vanilla
  6. (countable, sexuality, slang) Someone who is not into fetishism; a normophile
  7. A yellowish-white colour, like that of vanilla ice cream.

Derived terms

  • Cuban vanilla
  • vanilla grass


See also

  • flavour extract


vanilla (comparative more vanilla, superlative most vanilla)

  1. (of flavor, etc.) Of vanilla.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
      A mass of folders and binders. One, vanilla in colour, catches her eye.
  2. (colloquial, chiefly computing) Standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic.
    • 2001, "Michael Foot", BeebIt 0.32 and BBCFiles 0.29 released (on newsgroup comp.sys.acorn.announce)
      BBCFiles is a BBC file converter that converts between some of the various types of files used by BBC emulators on Acorn & PC formats. It supports 6502Em style applications & scripts, /ssd dfs disc images (supporting watford double catalogue), vanilla directories, /zip of bbc files with /inf files (with limitations) and directory of bbc files with /inf files.
  3. (sexuality) Not kinky, not involving BDSM.
  4. Plain; conventional; unimaginative.


  • See also Thesaurus:bare-bones
  • (sense: sexuality) normophilic

Related terms

  • vanillin




From English vanilla, from Spanish vainilla, diminutive of vaina (pod), from Latin vāgīna (sheath).


  • IPA(key): /ˈvaːnɪlːa/


vanilla f (genitive singular vanillu, nominative plural vanillur)

  1. (usually singular only, uncountable) vanilla


Derived terms

  • vanilluplanta

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