bland

adjective
\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web The simple fact is that the Queen is too good at being royal, bland, uncontroversial and dully inscrutable. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: In Season 3, ‘The Crown’ isn’t really about Queen Elizabeth anymore," 15 Nov. 2019 Scheer is a career politician described by those in his own party as bland, a possible antidote for those tired of Trudeau’s flash. Rob Gillies, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power," 21 Oct. 2019 Scheer is a career politician described by those in his own party as bland, a possible antidote for those tired of Trudeau’s flash. Rob Gillies, Twin Cities, "Justin Trudeau risks losing power as Canada votes in parliamentary elections," 21 Oct. 2019 Cory Booker often speaks about God in generalizations that can feel bland. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Teaching Democrats to Speak Evangelical," 19 Oct. 2019 Marvel has long had a problem with bland and boring villains, who don’t seem to have believable human motivations. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 The country will be in perfectly safe, if bland, hands. BostonGlobe.com, "In the words of Canada’s former Conservative foreign minister, John Baird: ‘‘He’s not the sizzle, he’s the steak.’’," 21 Oct. 2019 The country will be in perfectly safe, if bland, hands. Washington Post, "Canada’s Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau’s flash," 20 Oct. 2019 The country will be in perfectly safe, if bland, hands. Rob Gillies, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Canada’s Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau’s flash," 20 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of bland was in 1565

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bland.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blandness. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for bland

bland

adjective
How to pronounce bland (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bland

: not interesting or exciting
: lacking strong flavor
: showing no emotion, concern, etc.

bland

adjective
\ 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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