\ ˈbland How to pronounce bland (audio) \

Definition of bland

1a : smooth and soothing in manner or quality bland approval a bland smile
b : exhibiting no personal concern or embarrassment : unperturbed a bland confession of guilt
2a : not irritating, stimulating, or invigorating : soothing a bland oil the bland climate of the southern coast
b : dull, insipid bland stories with little plot or action a bland rendition of the song
c : lacking strong flavor Expect both kinds of salsify to be subtle and delicate—too bland for some tastebuds.— Elizabeth Schneider

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Other Words from bland

blandly \ ˈblan(d)-​lē How to pronounce blandly (audio) \ adverb
blandness \ ˈblan(d)-​nəs How to pronounce blandness (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for bland

suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction. a suave public relations coordinator urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience. an urbane traveler diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully. a diplomatic negotiator bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities. a bland master of ceremonies smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity. a smooth salesman politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people. a cunningly politic manager

Examples of bland in a Sentence

The vegetable soup was rather bland. The diplomat's bland statement did nothing to calm the situation.
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First Known Use of bland

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bland

Latin blandus

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The first known use of bland was in 1565

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26 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce bland (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bland

: not interesting or exciting
: lacking strong flavor
: showing no emotion, concern, etc.


\ ˈbland How to pronounce bland (audio) \
blander; blandest

Kids Definition of bland

1 : not interesting or exciting a bland story
2 : not having much flavor a bland soup
3 : not showing emotion a bland face

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