Etymology
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bland (adj.)

"mild, smooth, free from irritating qualities, not stimulating," 1660s, from Italian blando "delicate," or Old French bland "flattering, complimentary," both from Latin blandus "smooth-talking, flattering, alluring," perhaps from PIE *mlad-, nasalized variant of *meld-, extended form of root *mel- (1) "soft." Related: Blandly; blandness.

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Definitions of bland

bland (adj.)
lacking taste or flavor or tang;
a bland diet
Synonyms: flat / flavorless / flavourless / insipid / savorless / savourless / vapid
bland (adj.)
lacking stimulating characteristics; uninteresting;
a bland little drama
Synonyms: flat
bland (adj.)
smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication;
Synonyms: politic / smooth / suave
From wordnet.princeton.edu