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Definition of "bland" []

  • Characterized by a moderate, unperturbed, or tranquil quality, especially: (adjective)
  • Pleasant in manner; smooth: a bland smile. (adjective)
  • Not irritating or stimulating; soothing: a bland diet. (adjective)
  • Exhibiting no personal worry, embarrassment, or concern: told a series of bland lies. (adjective)
  • Dull and insipid: a bland little drama. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bland" in a sentence
  • "Natalie carefully kept her expression bland, though her stomach clenched at the words."
  • "“There are some questions I wanted to ask her, not being invited to attend the postmortem …” He kept his expression bland, standing on his dignity."
  • "She kept her gaze level and her expression bland, but her teeth were gritted."