having no embellishments, extra equipment, elaborate packaging, etc.; plain; simple; down-to-earth: I want a plain vanilla car without a lot of chrome trim.
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How to use plain vanilla in a sentence
Even plain vanilla is dazzling—smooth and pure beyond description.
As a plain-vanilla candidate, Romney is never going to win the excitement primary.
Howard Kurtz on why the quietest campaign may be just the ticket for the plain-vanilla front-runner.
Putting all that money into a plain-vanilla S&P 500 index fund would have lost us just 4.4 percent during that time.
"A plain vanilla—please rush it along," commanded the stranger.The Daughter of Anderson Crow | George Barr McCutcheon
For ice cream have a boat of plain vanilla filled with luscious fresh strawberries.Dinners and Luncheons | Paul Pierce
Pee-wee ordered plain vanilla, because one color always looks bigger than two.Roy Blakeley's Silver Fox Patrol | Percy Keese Fitzhugh
“I think I shall have plain vanilla,” added Aunt Betty, laughing.Dorothy's Tour | Evelyn Raymond