English Online Dictionary. What means vanilla? What does vanilla mean?
Borrowed from Spanish vainilla, a diminutive form of vaina (“pod”). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.
- IPA(key): /vəˈnɪlə/
- Rhymes: -ɪlə
- IPA(key): /vəˈnɛlə/
- Rhymes: -ɛlə
vanilla (countable and uncountable, plural vanillas)
- (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.
- (countable) The fruit or bean of the vanilla plant.
- Synonym: vanilla bean
- (uncountable) The extract of the fruit of the vanilla plant.
- Synonym: vanilla extract
- (uncountable) The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.
- (uncountable) Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals.
- Synonym: imitation vanilla
- (countable, sexuality, slang) Someone who is not into fetishism.
- (uncountable, gaming, slang) An unmodded version of a game.
- Synonym: stock
- A yellowish-white colour, like that of vanilla ice cream.
- flavour extract
vanilla (comparative more vanilla, superlative most vanilla)
- (of flavor, etc.) Of vanilla.
- (colloquial, chiefly computing, retronym) Standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic.
- (sexuality) Not kinky, not involving BDSM.
- Synonym: normophilic
- Plain; conventional; unimaginative.
- See also Thesaurus:bare-bones
- (slang, electronics): jellybean
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)
- (usually singular only, uncountable) vanilla