Adjective "vanilla" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/vəˈnɪlə/

Definitions and examples

noun

A substance obtained from vanilla pods or produced artificially and used to flavour foods or to impart a fragrant scent to cosmetic preparations.
  1. 'Combine the sour cream, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.'
  2. 'The crème brûlée French toast with vanilla custard on the side was quite nice if entirely excessive.'
  3. 'Scatter over the cornflour, vinegar and vanilla and fold it gently in with a large metal spoon.'
  4. 'Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 beaten eggs; blend well.'
  5. 'Most vanilla extracts are in an base of about 35 % alcohol.'
  6. 'Put the egg yolk and sugar in a bowl and mix it well, then stir in the mascarpone and vanilla.'
  7. 'In a saucepan, bring the port, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon to a boil.'
  8. 'Panacotta is flavoured with vanilla, mixed with berries, and sprinkled with a little balsamic vinegar.'
  9. 'Mix cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.'
  10. 'Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, and using a rubber spatula, fold in the semolina, baking powder, salt, and vanilla.'
  11. 'four scoops of vanilla with hot fudge sauce'
  12. 'I extracted slow licks from a single scoop of vanilla.'
  13. 'She prefers chocolate ice-cream, and I prefer vanilla.'
  14. 'The line initially launched with four packaged flavors - vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan and Neapolitan.'
  15. 'My goal was for them to finish off the chocolate and vanilla, so we could get more ice cream.'
  16. 'Remember when choosing an ice cream boiled down to vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or orange sherbet?'
  17. 'A good, plain, not too sweet scoop of vanilla would have made a far better companion.'
  18. 'In summer I like to make ice cream, usually vanilla or chocolate cinnamon - you can win friends and influence people with homemade ice cream.'
  19. 'a vanilla dress'
  20. 'Her eyes still the deep brown they always had been, her skin vanilla white.'
  21. 'The bride wore a vanilla satin strapless boned top and midnight blue velvet fishtail skirt, with a vanilla and blue wrap.'
A tropical climbing orchid which has fragrant flowers and long pod-like fruit.
  1. 'But soon after, the price began to fall drastically and I took to cultivating 3,000 vanilla plants as intercrop.'
  2. 'The most suitable land for vanilla is gently sloping with light friable soil.'
  3. 'Heat milk, cream, lemon zest and vanilla pods in a stainless steel pan and bring to the boil.'
  4. 'Reheat the cream and milk, then lift the vanilla pod out of the pan and set aside for making the crème anglaise.'
  5. 'Add the seeds of the vanilla pod and a pinch of salt.'
  6. 'Split open the vanilla pod and scrape out the seeds into a pan.'
  7. 'Halve the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape out the seeds into a small non-stick saucepan.'
  8. 'To make the custard, pour the milk into a saucepan, split the vanilla pod lengthways and drop it into the milk, then bring slowly towards the boil.'
  9. 'Bring the caster sugar and 500 ml of water to the boil in a medium saucepan, then add the lemon juice, stem ginger, star anise and the vanilla pod.'
  10. 'Put the rice in a medium-sized, heavy-based pan, then pour in the milk, cream, vanilla pod or extract and water.'
  11. 'Instead of passionfruit flavouring, you could infuse the cream with either a fresh vanilla pod or some star anise pods.'
  12. 'When it has cooled, remove the vanilla pod and place the mixture in the fridge.'

adjective

Having no special or extra features; ordinary or standard.
  1. 'the original, vanilla MP3 format is still the most commonly encountered form of the technology'
  2. 'his sex life is totally vanilla'
  3. 'It's hard to make a solid argument for why it will, so why not plump for something like a plain vanilla index tracker instead?'
  4. 'There is so much imagery built up around vanilla sex that it defines what many people are aiming for.'
  5. 'Why not just give us plain old vanilla MP3 and be done with it?'
  6. 'We chose it because it seemed, after all the baroque alternatives, the most generic, plain vanilla name we could think of.'
  7. 'Also, gimmicks such as repayment holidays and other ‘free’ add-ons will increase your interest bill, so ignore these bells and whistles - opt for a plain vanilla loan, instead!'
  8. 'The satire seems a bit vanilla but it's a family film so I'm not expecting balls-out absurdism.'
  9. 'You can get standard vanilla insurance, which covers you for basically wandering around, taking photos of things, or playing golf.'
  10. 'It's a choice between value-added services or plain vanilla.'
  11. 'While it is a vanilla DVD release, the film is powerful enough to stand on its own.'
  12. 'In fact, given their higher charges, you'd expect multi-manager funds to do slightly worse than the average plain vanilla fund.'

Definitions

1. any tropical, climbing orchid of the genus Vanilla, especially V. planifolia, bearing podlike fruit yielding an extract used in flavoring food, in perfumery, etc.

2. Also called vanilla bean. the fruit or bean of this orchid.

3. the extract of this fruit. adjective

4. containing or flavored with vanilla: vanilla custard.

5. Informal. plain-vanilla.

More examples(as adjective)

"pods can be vanilla."

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Spanish vainilla ‘pod’, diminutive of vaina ‘sheath, pod’, from Latin vagina ‘sheath’. The spelling change was due to association with French vanille.