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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bland mean? 

BLAND (adjective)
  The adjective BLAND has 3 senses:

1. lacking taste or flavor or tang
2. lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting
3. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

  Familiarity information: BLAND used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

BLAND (adjective)

Sense 1bland [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking taste or flavor or tang


savourless; savorless; insipid; flavourless; flavorless; vapid; bland; flat

Context examples:

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


tasteless (lacking flavor)

Sense 2bland [BACK TO TOP]


Lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting


bland; flat

Context examples:

a bland little drama / a flat joke


unexciting; unstimulating (not stimulating)

Sense 3bland [BACK TO TOP]


Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication


politic; smooth; suave; bland

Context examples:

he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage / the hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject / the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error / affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability


diplomatic; diplomatical (skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or people)

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