\ 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

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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 first is bland, self-serving or irrelevant content that does not resonate with followers. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The ability to empathize with the discriminatory, anti-Indigenous past is limited to bland statements of solidarity that dissipate the moment that anything in their lives must change in the slightest. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 19 May 2021 The color options are rather bland, and the area where the backplate meets the bumper feels a tad sharp. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 1 Oct. 2021 His first glance was the frown of the man; the second was the bland and sickly smile of the demagogue. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 But the campaign has also revealed a charisma vacuum that is at once typical of postwar German politics and exceptional for just how bland Ms. Merkel’s two most likely successors are. New York Times, 1 Sep. 2021 And the worst offenders were bland and lifeless, not even delivering on the promise to at least make my tongue tingle. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Sep. 2021 Resident Jessica Robertson worries that Allston could turn out like parts of Cambridge, with lab and office construction far outpacing new housing and gradually making the neighborhood more homogenous, more bland, and more costly., 4 Sep. 2021 However, most of the buildings, including the new General Electric office building, are boxy, bland, and forgettable. Steven Litt, cleveland, 22 Aug. 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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19 Oct 2021

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“Bland.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 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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