From Middle English blenden, either from Old English blandan, blondan or from Old Norse blanda (“to blend, mix”) (which was originally a strong verb with the present-tense stem blend; compare blendingr (“a blending, a mixture; a half-breed”)), whence also Danish blande, or from a blend of the Old English and Old Norse terms. Compare Gothic 𐌱𐌻𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌰𐌽 (blandan), Old Church Slavonic блєсти (blesti, “to go astray”).
blend (plural blends)
- A mixture of two or more things.
- Their music has been described as a blend of jazz and heavy metal.
- Our department has a good blend of experienced workers and young promise.
- (linguistics) A word formed by combining two other words; a grammatical contamination, portmanteau word.
- (transitive) To mingle; to mix; to unite intimately; to pass or shade insensibly into each other.
- To make hummus you need to blend chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.
- (intransitive) To be mingled or mixed.
- There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality.
- To feel no other breezes than are blown / Through its tall woods with high romances blent - Keats, 1884
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, The China Governess:
- Sepia Delft tiles surrounded the fireplace, their crudely drawn Biblical scenes in faded cyclamen blending with the pinkish pine, while above them, instead of a mantelshelf, there was an archway high enough to form a balcony with slender balusters and a tapestry-hung wall behind.
2013 May-June, William E. Conner, “An Acoustic Arms Race”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3, page 206-7:
- Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close […] above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them. Many insects probably use this strategy, which is a close analogy to crypsis in the visible world—camouflage and other methods for blending into one’s visual background.
- (obsolete) To pollute by mixture or association; to spoil or corrupt; to blot; to stain.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
- For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.
- ^ “blend” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ “blend” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
- ^ “blanda” in: Richard Cleasby, Guðbrandur Vigfússon — An Icelandic-English Dictionary (1874)
- ^ “blendingr” in: Richard Cleasby, Guðbrandur Vigfússon — An Icelandic-English Dictionary (1874)
- ^ “blend” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).