Definition of bland
1a : smooth and soothing in manner or quality bland approval a bland smileb : 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 coastb : dull, insipid bland stories with little plot or action a bland rendition of the songc : lacking strong flavor Expect both kinds of salsify to be subtle and delicate—too bland for some tastebuds. — Elizabeth Schneider
blandlyplay \ˈblan(d)-lē\ adverb
blandnessplay \ˈblan(d)-nəs\ noun
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 of bland from the Web
A bite without them is rather bland, just like the Cubs' offense lately.
As the wily leader of the Japanese forces, grizzled Kurata Yasuaki has more presence than Zhao, who's bland in non-action sequences.
After being criticized for telling dirty jokes during a 1997 interview with GQ, his interviews became notoriously bland.
Otherwise, the empty suits who ran the university would drown its emancipatory potential in a sea of bland rituals and senseless rules.
The extended segment seamlessly morphs from shadowy Devil’s pact into ensemble dance number, and finally a bland cover of the song by a white singing group.
Everything is uniformly bland, harmless and forgettable.
Because of an airplane’s elevation, your taste buds actually become numb to certain flavors and food tastes more bland.
EPRI's bland headquarters, just up the road from Xerox PARC in the heart of Silicon Valley, looks like an unlikely place to invent the future of energy.
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Origin and Etymology of bland
First Known Use: 1565
Synonym Discussion of bland
BLAND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bland for English Language Learners
: not interesting or exciting
: lacking strong flavor
: showing no emotion, concern, etc.
BLAND Defined for Kids
Definition of bland for Students
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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