verb \ˈblanch\

: to put (food items) in boiling water or steam for a short time

: to suddenly have less color in your face because you are afraid, embarrassed, etc.

Full Definition of BLANCH

transitive verb
:  to take the color out of: as
a :  to scald or parboil in water or steam in order to remove the skin from, whiten, or stop enzymatic action in (as food for freezing)
b :  to bleach by excluding light
c :  to make ashen or pale <fear blanches the cheek>
intransitive verb
:  to become white or pale
blanch·er noun

Examples of BLANCH

  1. Blanch the potatoes before slicing them.
  2. a cup of blanched almonds
  3. She blanched and remained silent when the store owner accused her of taking the money.

Origin of BLANCH

Middle English blaunchen, from Anglo-French blanchir, from blanc, adjective, white — more at blank
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with BLANCH

BLANCHER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈblanch\

Definition of BLANCH for Kids

:  to scald so as to remove the skin from <Blanch the tomatoes.>
:  to turn pale <Sickened by the news, I blanched and turned away.>


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