From Middle English blenden, either from Old English blandan, blondan, ?eblandan, ?eblendan 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; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *blandan? ("to blend; mix; combine"). Compare Middle Dutch blanden ("to mix"), Gothic ? (blandan), Old Church Slavonic (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.
- The word brunch is a blend of the words breakfast and lunch.
2018, James Lambert, "A multitude of 'lishes': The nomenclature of hybridity", in English World-Wide, page 10:
Blends, also known as portmanteau words, are not an original part of English. That is, none occur in Old or Middle English, nor even in Elizabethan English, with the earliest known example being the rare and now obsolete term tomaxe, a blend of tomahawk and axe.
blend (third-person singular simple present blends, present participle blending, simple past and past participle blended or (poetic) blent)
- (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.
- 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent
- There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality.
- 1817, John Keats, Happy is England!
- To feel no other breezes than are blown / Through its tall woods with high romances blent
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 3, in 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", in 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?)
From Old High German blind, northern variant of blint.
blend (masculine blenne or blende, feminine blenn or blend, comparative blenner or blender, superlative et blendste)
- (Moselle Franconian, some dialects of Ripuarian) blind; unable to see
- The inflected forms with -nn- are used in those dialects in which blend is the inherited form (Moselle Franconian, southern Ripuarian). The forms with -nd- are used in Ripuarian to the extent to which inherited blenk has been replaced with blend.
- first-person singular present indicative of blenden
- imperative of blenden