Definition of blanch
: to take the color out of <Age had blanched his hair.>: such asa cooking : 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) <blanch the asparagus in salted boiling water>b : to bleach by excluding light <blanch the leaves of a plant>c : to make ashen or pale <fear blanches the cheek>
: to become white or pale
Examples of blanch in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of blanch
Middle English blaunchen, from Anglo-French blanchir, from blanc, adjective, white — more at blank
First Known Use: 14th century
BLANCH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of blanch for English Language Learners
: 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.
BLANCH Defined for Kids
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