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[blanch, blahnch] /blæntʃ, blɑntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to whiten by removing color; bleach:
Workers were blanching linen in the sun.
  1. to scald briefly and then drain, as peaches or almonds to facilitate removal of skins, or as rice or macaroni to separate the grains or strands.
  2. to scald or parboil (meat or vegetables) so as to whiten, remove the odor, prepare for cooking by other means, etc.
Horticulture. (of the stems or leaves of plants, as celery or lettuce) to whiten or prevent from becoming green by excluding light.
  1. to give a white luster to (metals), as by means of acids.
  2. to coat (sheet metal) with tin.
to make pale, as with sickness or fear:
The long illness had blanched her cheeks of their natural color.
verb (used without object)
to become white; turn pale:
The very thought of going made him blanch.
Origin of blanch1
1300-50; Middle English bla(u)nchen < Anglo-French, Middle French blanchir to whiten, derivative of blanc, blanche white; see blank
Related forms
blancher, noun
1. See whiten.


[blanch, blahnch] /blæntʃ, blɑntʃ/
verb (used with object)
to force back or to one side; head off, as a deer or other quarry.
First recorded in 1565-75; variant of blench1 Unabridged
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  • blanched and faint, the French doctor lay with a crimsoning pool wet under his head.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
  • As her face came into view, Paul saw that it was blanched with fear.

  • She walked with a stick, and was an old and blanched woman before her time.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Auld Jock blanched, and he shook so that he dropped his spoon.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • Have some clean water boiling, turn the blanched nuts into it, and cook until they can be pierced with a fork.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • Her weather-tanned face had blanched as much as it was possible for it to do.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for blanched


verb (mainly transitive)
(also intransitive) to remove colour from, or (of colour) to be removed; whiten; fade: the sun blanched the carpet, over the years the painting blanched
(usually intransitive) to become or cause to become pale, as with sickness or fear
to plunge tomatoes, nuts, etc, into boiling water to loosen the skin
to plunge (meat, green vegetables, etc) in boiling water or bring to the boil in water in order to whiten, preserve the natural colour, or reduce or remove a bitter or salty taste
to cause (celery, chicory, etc) to grow free of chlorophyll by the exclusion of sunlight
(metallurgy) to whiten (a metal), usually by treating it with an acid or by coating it with tin
(transitive) usually foll by over. to attempt to conceal something
Word Origin
C14: from Old French blanchir from blanc white; see blank
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for blanched



"to make white, turn pale," c.1400, from Old French blanchir "to whiten, wash," from blanc "white" (11c.; see blank (adj.)). Originally "to remove the hull of (almonds, etc.) by soaking." Intransitive sense of "to turn white" is from 1768. Related: Blanched; blanching.

"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.



"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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