2020欧洲杯滚球

Word of the Day : April 17, 2020

vanilla

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adjective vuh-NILL-uh

Definition

1 : flavored with the extract of the vanilla bean

2 : lacking distinction : plain, ordinary, conventional

Did You Know?

How did vanilla get such a bad rap? The flavor with that name certainly has enough fans, with the bean of the Vanilla2020欧洲杯滚球 genus of orchids finding its way into products ranging from ice cream to coffee to perfumes to air fresheners. Vanilla's unfortunate reputation arose due to its being regarded as the "basic" flavor among ice-cream selections, particularly as more complex flavors emerged on the market. (Its somewhat beigey color probably didn't help.) From there, people began using the adjective to describe anything plain, ordinary, or conventional.


Examples

"Training for sales, marketing and installation staff takes place in a series of small conference rooms on one side of the floor.… They're rather vanilla, but the company plans to enliven them by hiring graffiti artists to paint colorful murals on the parapet wall outside the windows." —

"Joanna is frustrated that she's forbidden from sending more personal replies and breaks the rules at a certain point, with unexpected consequences. But apart from this tiny transgression, she's too vanilla to be a very compelling character." —



Name That Synonym

Fill in the blanks to complete a synonym of vanilla meaning "lacking distinction": u _ _ e _ a _ ka _ _ e.


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'Vanilla' — Video Word of the Day 4/17/2020

2020欧洲杯滚球adj. - lacking distinction


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