[ 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.


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Origin of blanch

1300–50; Middle English bla(u)nchen < Anglo-French, Middle French blanchir to whiten, derivative of blanc, blanche white; see blank


blanch·er, noun

Definition for blanch (2 of 2)

[ blanch, blahnch ]
/ blæntʃ, blɑntʃ /

verb (used with object)

to force back or to one side; head off, as a deer or other quarry.

Origin of blanch

First recorded in 1565–75; variant of blench1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for blanch

/ (blɑːntʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Word Origin for blanch

C14: from Old French blanchir from blanc white; see blank
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