Meaning of “vanilla” in the English Dictionary

"vanilla" in British English

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vanillanoun [ U ]

uk /vəˈnɪl.ə/ us /vəˈnɪl.ə/

a substance made from the seeds of a tropical plant, used to give flavour to sweet foods:

vanilla ice cream/yogurt
a vanilla milkshake
Add two teaspoons of vanilla and stir.
a vanilla pod (= seed container)

vanillaadjective

uk /vəˈnɪl.ə/ us /vəˈnɪl.ə/

(Definition of “vanilla” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vanilla" in American English

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vanillanoun [ U ]

us /vəˈnɪl·ə, -ˈnel·ə/

a substance made from the seeds of a plant, used to give flavor to sweet foods:

vanilla yogurt

(Definition of “vanilla” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"vanilla" in Business English

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vanillaadjective

uk /vəˈnɪlə/ us MARKETING

used to describe a basic product or service with no special features:

A vanilla computer with no protection has no chance on the internet anymore.

(Definition of “vanilla” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)