1with little or no light:it’s too dark to see much (of a theatre) closed; not in use: when I came to work here, over half the West End theatres were dark 2(of a colour or object) not reflecting much light; approaching black in shade:dark green (of someone’s skin, hair, or eyes) brown or black in colour: dark curly hair (of a person) having dark skin, hair, or eyes: a tall, dark girl both my father and I are very dark 3(of a period or situation) characterized by great unhappiness or unpleasantness:the dark days of the war deeply pessimistic:a dark vision of the future (of an expression) angry: Matthew flashed a dark look at her suggestive of or arising from evil; sinister:so many dark deeds had been committed 4hidden from knowledge; mysterious:a dark secret
) humorous (of a region) most remote, inaccessible, or uncivilized:he lives somewhere in darkest Essex
archaic ignorant; unenlightened:he is dark on certain points of scripture
5 Phonetics denoting a velarized form of the sound of the letter l (as in pull in south-eastern English speech). Often contrasted with clear.
) the absence of light in a place:Carolyn was sitting in the dark
[mass noun] nightfall:I’ll be home before dark
2a dark colour or shade, especially in a painting: lights and darks are juxtaposed arbitrarily to create a sense of shallow relief
- adjective ( literary)