bland

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adjective \ˈbland\

Definition of bland

  1. 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>

  2. 2a :  not irritating, stimulating, or invigorating :  soothing <a very bland soup> <requires a bland diet>b :  dull, insipid <bland stories with little plot or action> <a bland rendition of the song>

blandly

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blandness

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Examples of bland in a sentence

  1. The vegetable soup was rather bland.

  2. The diplomat's bland statement did nothing to calm the situation.

Origin and Etymology of bland

Latin blandus


First Known Use: 1565

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

BLAND Defined for English Language Learners

bland

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adjective \ˈbland\

Definition of bland for English Language Learners

  • : not interesting or exciting

  • : lacking strong flavor

  • : showing no emotion, concern, etc.


BLAND Defined for Kids

bland

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adjective \ˈbland\

Definition of bland for Students

blander

blandest

  1. 1 :  not interesting or exiciting <a bland story>

  2. 2 :  not having much flavor <a bland soup>

  3. 3 :  not showing emotion <a bland face>



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