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English definition of “vanilla”

vanilla

noun [U] uk   /vəˈnɪl.ə/ us  
a substance made from the seeds of a tropical plant, used to give flavour to sweet foods: vanilla essence/extract vanilla ice cream/yogurt a vanilla milkshake Add two teaspoons of vanilla and stir. a vanilla pod (US bean) (= seed container)Sweet flavours

vanilla

adjective uk   /vəˈnɪl.ə/ us  
used to describe a product or service that is basic and has no special features: I just want a vanilla bank account with low charges.
(Definition of vanilla from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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