Definition of bland adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//blænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//blænd//
    (blander, blandest) Taste of food
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  1. 1with little colour, excitement or interest; without anything to attract attention synonym nondescript bland background music
  2. 2not having a strong or interesting taste a rather bland diet of soup, fish and bread Wordfinderbitter, bland, hot, pungent, savoury, sour, spicy, sweet, tart, taste See related entries: Taste of food
  3. 3showing no strong emotions or excitement; not saying anything very interesting a bland smile After the meeting, a bland statement was issued.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘gentle in manner’): from Latin blandus ‘soft, smooth’.Extra examples He stared back at her with a bland expression. He was criticized for his bland image. The old town hall was replaced with a bland, glass-and-steel office building. The state-run television interrupted its usual bland fare for spicy, live interviews. They lived on a bland diet of soup and bread. This sauce is rather bland.
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