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
The colorful and creative design of Hotel EMC2 banishes bland and is irresistibly shareable.
Given the terse and angry tone of recent exchanges between Afghan and Pakistani officials, such small steps and bland language sound almost like a diplomatic coup.
Everything about this new Spider-Man has the warm embrace of family without feeling bland or tired.
Shares of Blue Apron had a bland market debut on Thursday, as investors proved wary of the meal-kit provider and its initial public offering.
Or would I be ushered into meeting after meeting, forced to weigh in (a vacationer's worst nightmare), and served bland diet food?
The small boneless breast was bland and unimpressive.
His paintings of Fourth Street, in the collection of the Cincinnati Museum Center, portray an unrecognizable city of Greek columns and cupolas mingling with bland, featureless buildings, no structure higher than three stories.
However, the last three decades have seen a plethora of bland, insipid American compositions in wishy-washy tonal idioms infect our concert halls.
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Origin and Etymology of bland
First Known Use: 1565See Words from the same year
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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