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plain vanilla

or plain-va·nil·la

[ pleyn-vuh-nil-uh ]


, Informal.
  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.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of plain vanilla1

In allusion to vanilla ice cream, taken to be the most basic flavor

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Example Sentences

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.

For ice cream have a boat of plain vanilla filled with luscious fresh strawberries.

Pee-wee ordered plain vanilla, because one color always looks bigger than two.

“I think I shall have plain vanilla,” added Aunt Betty, laughing.


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