adjective, bland·er, bland·est.

pleasantly gentle or agreeable: a bland, affable manner.
soothing or balmy, as air: a bland southern breeze.
nonirritating, as food or medicines: a bland diet.
not highly flavored; mild; tasteless: a bland sauce.
lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull: a bland young man; a bland situation comedy.
unemotional, indifferent, or casual: his bland acknowledgment of guilt.

Origin of bland

First recorded in 1590–1600, bland is from the Latin word blandus of a smooth tongue, pleasant, soothing
Related formsbland·ly, adverbbland·ness, noun

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Examples from the Web for bland

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Historical Examples of bland

  • Who art thou that talkest so freely of cracking the head of Arthur a Bland?

  • Heathcroft, in spite of the close play, was as bland and unconcerned as ever.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Mr. Bonnithorne listened with a bland smile of amused incredulity.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • But he controlled his features, and maintained a placid, bland expression.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He found him bland and inscrutable, and decided to pin him down.


    Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for bland



devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dullbland food
gentle and agreeable; suave
(of the weather) mild and soothing
unemotional or unmoveda bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived Formsblandly, adverbblandness, noun

Word Origin for bland

C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for bland

1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (see melt). Related: Blandly; blandness. Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.

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