plain vanilla

or plain-va·nil·la

[ pleyn-vuh-nil-uh ]
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  1. 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

Words Nearby plain vanilla Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plain vanilla in a sentence

  • 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