\ 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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Getty Images On the surface, the people of Hong Kong are fighting their political leaders over a seemingly bland set of amendments to a longstanding law. Alex Ward, Vox, "What Hong Kong’s massive protests are really about," 11 June 2019 Every beat is a generically bland take on trap, but with enough bass to move a crowd, and competent enough to fit in on a wide spectrum of Spotify rap and pop playlists. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rapper Nav's 'Bad Habits' is a hit album. But Nav's Milwaukee show was just bad.," 8 June 2019 Apps like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guldes is a rather bland name for the ability to receive remote assistance from a skilled worker, via HoloLens and Skype. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches HoloLens 2 with a strong business bent," 24 Feb. 2019 After weeks of back-and-forth discussions, Google finally provided us with an on-the-record statement about the patent—albeit a very bland one. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Inventor says Google is patenting work he put in the public domain," 10 June 2018 Unfortunately, most colleges and universities provide you with a super bland, super tiny room that you're supposed to live in for an entire year (with another person, nonetheless!). Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Insanely Cute Dorm Room Transformations That Will Totally Blow Your Mind," 20 June 2019 If your children find that water tastes bland compared to sweet soda, try adding pizazz with mint leaves, cinnamon sticks or a squeeze of citrus. Cara Rosenbloom, Houston Chronicle, "While companies push sugary beverages, parents should promote water. Here’s how.," 19 June 2019 While potentially amusing antagonists like Carolina and Danny are flattened by charmless performances, the show wastes its best actors–Bichir, Robinson, Adorno–in bland roles. Judy Berman, Time, "ABC's Charmless Grand Hotel Will Leave You Desperate to Check Out," 13 June 2019 By autumn Tsukiji would close, its vendors moving from the heart of the city to a new, bland-looking facility to the southeast. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Tokyo became a megacity by reinventing itself," 12 June 2019

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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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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 exiciting a bland story
2 : not having much flavor a bland soup
3 : not showing emotion a bland face

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