: extremely dark or black

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Mountains loom in the distance as guests enjoy spacious beaches, the large wave pool, and nine water slides, including a pitch-black waterslide dubbed Point Panic. Carly Caramanna, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2023 In the pitch-black night, the sounds of spring peepers filling the air, headlamps twinkle in the distance as Chris Neri and Nova Mackentley stroll through a half-mile loop of woods at the Whitefish Point Bird Observatory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Ryan Garza, Freep.com, 8 May 2023 Our titular hitman and aspiring actor (Bill Hader) is back for a fourth and final season of this pitch-black comedy. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2023 Bringing pitch-black comedy, tight drama, and Emmy-winning performances, Barry is a series unlike any other. Oscar Hartzog, Rolling Stone, 13 Apr. 2023 And in February 2021, hell itself arrived at his retreat in the woods of eastern Connecticut, where so many kids had spotted constellations in the pitch-black night summer sky and enjoyed roasting marshmallows stuck on the end of a simple stick collected from the surrounding woods. Globe Columnist, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Mar. 2023 It’s been a couple weekends now since Amazon Prime Video premiered Swarm, the pitch-black thriller/dramedy that points its satirical arrow at that rabid fan army known as the Beyhive. Craig D Lindsey, Chron, 30 Mar. 2023 In Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels—and the show that grew from its source material—this pitch-black banner is known as the Shadow Fold, or sometimes the Unsea. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 16 Mar. 2023 And shortly after the derailment, a massive fire erupted, sending enormous clouds of pitch-black smoke into the air, forcing evacuations on both sides of the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitch-black was in 1598

Dictionary Entries Near pitch-black

Cite this Entry

“Pitch-black.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch-black. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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: extremely dark or black
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