What is Vanilla?

What do people mean with the term “Vanilla“?

I see it more and more often. For example, with regard to World of Warcraft:

Which Vanilla achievements will be lost with Cataclysm’s release?

And also in this answer about Minecraft.

If you’re playing Vanilla…


Vanilla usually means the base game, without any modifications or in WoW’s case DLC’s/Expansion packs.

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