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Bland

[bland] /blænd/
noun
1.
James A(llen) 1854–1911, U.S. songwriter and minstrel performer.
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British Dictionary definitions for j allen bland

bland

/blænd/
adjective
1.
devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics; uninteresting; dull bland food
2.
gentle and agreeable; suave
3.
(of the weather) mild and soothing
4.
unemotional or unmoved a bland account of atrocities
See also bland out
Derived Forms
blandly, adverb
blandness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin blandus flattering
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Word Origin and History for j allen bland
bland
1660s, from It. blando "delicate," or O.Fr. bland "flattering, complimentary," both from L. blandus "mild, smooth, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of base *mldu- "soft." Latin also had blandiloquentulus "flattering in speech," which might have yielded a useful English *blandiloquent.
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