Definition of blanch
- Age had blanched his hair.
- blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water
- blanch the leaves of a plant
- fear blanches the cheek
Blanch the potatoes before slicing them.
a cup of blanched almonds
She blanched and remained silent when the store owner accused her of taking the money.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blanch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
: 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.
What made you want to look up blanch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!
Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?TAKE THE QUIZ
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.TAKE THE QUIZ