\ 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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Skimping on the seasoning Turkey is pretty bland and needs a bit of help from herbs and aromatics. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Cooking a Turkey," 19 Nov. 2018 With the color scheme squared away, the designers focused on the second major challenge: The overall layout of the home, a very bland, open-floor spec house with areas that require guests to walk through one room to get to another. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "HOUSE TOUR: A Layered & Laid-Back Bridgehampton Home," 13 June 2016 The films often seem to be driven, creatively, by a desire to recreate old Disney movies as works more broadly palatable and more bland to modern sensibilities. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Christopher Robin is a corporate cash-in, but it fakes sincerity better than most," 3 Aug. 2018 Other than the coleslaw, which was a little bland and underdressed, the sides and sauces that accompanied main dishes didn’t let the star attractions down. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 Getty ImagesVictor Boyko Is your Saturday feeling a little bland and blah? Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner Just Posted Some Very BDSM-y Pictures on Instagram," 4 Aug. 2018 White kitchens aren't going away any time soon, but classic doesn't have to mean bland. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "17 Stunning Ways To Upgrade White Kitchen Cabinets," 23 July 2018 Migo has a stock set of wacky sidekicks (voiced by Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriquez and Ely Henry) who provide moments of bland, broad slapstick but little else. Brent Mcknight, The Seattle Times, "‘Smallfoot’: Cute animated adventure walks a predictable path," 25 Sep. 2018 This took a little while for the DNC to issue a very fairly bland statement about. Fox News, "Lynne Patton responds to Omarosa audio tape," 15 Aug. 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 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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