vanilla

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Borrowing from Spanish vainilla, a diminutive form of vaina.

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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.
  3. (uncountable) The extract of the fruit of the vanilla plant.
  4. (uncountable) The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.
    You can tell that the secret ingredient missing from New CokeTM was vanilla, because certain South American economies collapsed when it was introduced, and miraculously revived when the old formula was used again.
  5. (uncountable) Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals.

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vanilla (comparative more vanilla, superlative most vanilla)

  1. (colloquial, chiefly computing) standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic
  2. (sexuality) not kinky, not involving BDSM
    • 2006, Felix Lance Falkon, Gay Art: A Historic Collection, ISBN 1551522055, page 136:
      An uncharacteristically vanilla threesome and non-cute realist rendering - derived paradoxically from tracing drawings rather than photographs.
    • 2010, Chloe Stowe, Hard Water, ISBN 1607774054, page 37:
      While Dominick was more of a vanilla kind of a guy himself, he wasn't a total dunce when it came to the kinkier sides of things.
    • 2014, Christina Thacher, The Negotiation: A BDSM Romance, ISBN 193957305X:
      Sebastian could never do that, be in a marriage with a vanilla woman.

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish vainilla "little pod", equivalent to "vain(a)" meaning "sheath". From the Latin word vagina meaning "sheath" + -illa which is a diminutive suffix.

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vanilla f

  1. vanilla

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