- 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.
Origin of plain-vanilla
in allusion to vanilla ice cream, taken to be the most basic flavor
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Examples from the Web for plain-vanilla
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.Our Crashing Portfolio
May 4, 2009