\ 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 bland (audio) \ adverb
blandness \ ˈblan(d)-​nəs How to pronounce bland (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.
Recent Examples on the Web What are some easy fixes for bland Mediterranean food at home? Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 26 May 2021 Nobu, with its forty-seven locations, is essentially the world’s fanciest chain restaurant, each outpost equally glitzy and equally bland. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 The rivalry would have been bland as concession-stand ketchup without him. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, 5 July 2021 Beginning her round at No. 10, Ko’s start was rather bland, all pars until an eagle on the par-5 17th hole. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 1 July 2021 Night after night the bland, genial newscasters would read the news in their agreeable baritone voices, and everyone in the country seemed to be sitting on their sofas and nodding their heads. Wallace Shawn, The New Republic, 29 June 2021 If the broth seems a bit bland, simmer it for a few more seconds to reduce and concentrate the flavor, and then add the butter and pour it over the mussels. Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2020 At all meals, Clemon wrote, the food was bland, unseasoned, and often poorly prepared. Connor Sheets |, al, 25 June 2021 Go ahead, put a playful new throw pillow on that otherwise bland corner chair. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 8 June 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Bland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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

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