What does bland mean?

Definitions for bland

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word bland.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bland, flat, flavorless, flavourless, insipid, savorless, savourless, vapidadjective

    lacking taste or flavor or tang

    "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"

  2. bland, flatadjective

    lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting

    "a bland little drama"; "a flat joke"

  3. politic, smooth, suave, blandadjective

    smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

    "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"


  1. blandadjective

    Mild; soft, gentle, balmy; smooth in manner; suave.

  2. blandadjective

    Having a soothing effect; not irritating or stimulating.

  3. blandadjective

    Lacking in taste or vigor.

  4. Etymology: From blandus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. BLANDadjective

    Soft; mild; gentle.

    Etymology: blandus, Lat.

    In her face excuse
    Came prologue; and apology too prompt;
    Which, with bland words at will, she thus address’d. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. ix. l. 855.

    An even calm
    Perpetual reign’d, save what the zephyrs bland
    Breath’d o’er the blue expanse. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. bland

    Bland refers to something that is lacking strong features, characteristics or flavors; mild or uninteresting; not stimulating or exciting. This could apply to food, an idea, a person's personality, an appearance, or any other thing that could be experienced through the senses or understood intellectually.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blandadjective

    mild; soft; gentle; smooth and soothing in manner; suave; as, a bland temper; bland persuasion; a bland sycophant

  2. Blandadjective

    having soft and soothing qualities; not drastic or irritating; not stimulating; as, a bland oil; a bland diet


  1. Bland

    Bland is a census-designated place in and the county seat of Bland County, Virginia, United States. Bland was originally known as Bland Court House. The population as of the 2010 Census was 409.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bland

    bland, adj. smooth: gentle: mild.—adv. Blandly.—n. Bland′ness. [L. blandus, perh.—mla(n)dus—Eng. mild.]

  2. Bland

    bland, n. an Orcadian name for butter-milk and water. [Scand. blanda.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLAND

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bland is ranked #1315 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bland surname appeared 26,722 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 9 would have the surname Bland.

    60.2% or 16,087 total occurrences were White.
    34.2% or 9,155 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 625 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.2% or 599 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 144 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 112 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bland in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bland in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of bland in a Sentence

  1. Darrell Jordan:

    After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail, the grand jury has looked at all the evidence and found no evidence of murder.

  2. Darrell Jordan:

    After reviewing all the evidence in the death of Sandra Bland, a Waller grand jury did not return an indictment in the death of Bland, nor were any indictments returned against any employee of the Waller County Jail.

  3. Brian Encinia:

    Bland began swinging her elbows at me and then kicked my right leg in the shin. I had a pain in my right leg and suffered small cuts on my right hand. Force was used to subdue Bland to the ground to which Bland continued to fight back.

  4. Baron Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett:

    People who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're bland... An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy. Use your old grief. That's the gift you're given.

  5. Scott Walker:

    I'd rather have bland or uncharismatic than dumb or ignorant, or corrupt or any of the other things that they could label other would-be candidates out there. Or old, for that matter.

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  • ماصخArabic
  • ласкав, мек, успокояващ, нежен, приятенBulgarian
  • mdlýCzech
  • sødDanish
  • geschmacklos, mild, fad, sanftGerman
  • suave, tenue, simple, desabrido, amable, debil, sosoSpanish
  • väritön, mieto, vaisu, mauton, mitäänsanomatonFinnish
  • doux, douce, fadeFrench
  • नरमHindi
  • blandeInterlingua
  • fiacco, blando, insipidoItalian
  • 当たり障りのありませんJapanese
  • zacht, mild, smaakloosDutch
  • mdły, bez smaku, łagodny, bezbarwny, nijaki, delikatny, uspakajającyPolish
  • pritenos, blând, liniștitor, gentil, prietenos, afabil, prevenitorRomanian
  • безвкусный, неинтересный, приятный, нежный, мягкий, ласковый, успокаивающийRussian
  • svag, vän, tam, intetsägande, mild, smaklös, lam, blid, faddSwedish
  • 平淡Chinese

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    an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
    • A. tingle
    • B. hypernym
    • C. crate
    • D. leaven

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