Definition of vanilla

Definition of vanilla
  1. vanilla Noun 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. vanilla Noun The fruit or bean of this orchid.
  3. vanilla Noun The extract of this fruit.
  4. vanilla Noun The distinctive fragrant flavour/flavor characteristic of vanilla extract.
  5. vanilla Noun Any artificially produced homologue of vanilla extract, principally vanillin produced from lignin from the paper industry or from petrochemicals.
  6. vanilla Adjective Of or relating to vanilla.
  7. vanilla Adjective Flavoured/flavored with vanilla or vanilla extract (whether natural or artificial).
  8. vanilla Adjective By association with vanilla as the "plain" flavour of ice cream: the standard, plain, default, unmodified, basic.
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