Origin of vanilla
Examples from the Web for vanilla
Think back to the Bush-Kerry race of 2004, the Thrilla in Vanilla.
Meanwhile younger, lighter colors evoke citrus and tree fruits, candy sugars and vanilla toffee.
On low speed, add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies|Ina Garten|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The star is the cream itself, as opulent as crème fraiche, with vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc., serving as a sort of halo.
Procter & Gamble introducing Crest toothpaste line with nontraditional flavors—chocolate, vanilla, lime.Up to a Point: P.J. O’Rourke on Valentine’s Day and Oral Hygiene|P. J. O’Rourke|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And them sweet-breads and a little roast beef and sweet potatoes and peas and vanilla ice-cream and coffee.Gullible's Travels, Etc.|Ring W. Lardner
Thin with sweet milk, flavor with ginger and spices, or vanilla can be used.The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book|Victor Hirtzler
Flavor with lemon, almond or vanilla flavoring and spread on cake.
Pour upon three egg-whites beaten very stiff, flavor with vanilla or bitter almond, and spread between layers.Dishes & Beverages of the Old South|Martha McCulloch Williams
But I met you last summer at the Anstells' garden-party, and you passed me an ice, vanilla and strawberry mixed!The Professional Aunt|Mary C.E. Wemyss
British Dictionary definitions for vanilla
Word Origin for vanilla
Word Origin and History for vanilla
1660s, from Spanish vainilla "vanilla plant," literally "little pod," diminutive of vaina "sheath," from Latin vagina "sheath" (see vagina). So called from the shape of the pods. European discovery 1521 by Hernando Cortes' soldiers on reconnaissance in southeastern Mexico. Meaning "conventional, of ordinary sexual preferences" is 1970s, from notion of whiteness and the common choice of vanilla ice cream.