\ˈbland \

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 \ adverb
blandness \ˈblan(d)-nəs \ 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

In addition to rice, the katsu and hibachi entrees came with miso soup (ours tasted rather bland) and a small, plain salad. Tim Smith,, "Miku Sushi and Steakhouse a pleasant haven in Cockeysville," 12 July 2018 At 16 miles high and with a 50-mile-wide caldera, Olympus Mons on Mars rises above and sticks out from a massive dust storm that has made the rest of the planet pretty bland. Richard Tribou,, "Giant mountain on Mars rises above massive dust storm," 5 July 2018 Coach Spoelstra's postgame remarks about Hassan Whiteside's season seem very bland for a player the Heat signed two years ago six seconds after midnight. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Can the Spoelstra-Whiteside impasse be rectified?," 25 Apr. 2018 And Queen Bey once again failed to win the top award last year, when the spectacularly tangy Lemonade was bested by Adele’s tastefully bland 25. Dan Deluca,, "With hip-hop getting its due, will the Grammys finally get it right this time? | Dan DeLuca," 26 Jan. 2018 The retro clip has Musgraves living out her 9-to-5 fantasies at bland 1970s-looking office with some unsavory, kind of gross coworkers. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Leaves it All on the Dancefloor in Sassy Disco Country 'High Horse' Video: Watch," 12 July 2018 Subjects spent 90 minutes sitting in front of a computer screen either watching a bland documentary or playing a simple but focus-demanding computer game. Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Here’s What We Know About Mental Fatigue," 10 July 2018 What’s an inexpensive way to inject character into a bland home’s exterior? R. Daniel Foster,, "Orange County's boring 'burbs get HGTV makeovers," 22 June 2018 These guys were tiny fellas, and tasted bland and overcooked. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "Crawfish crawl reveals a surprise near the heart of Fort Worth, and other 'fish in the sea' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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