: extremely dark : pitch-black

Examples of pitch-dark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two young men sat next to it, around a fire, in an otherwise pitch-dark street, their feet covered in mud and clothes in dust. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, 15 Sep. 2023 Noah Agemo for Fortune The snow is falling heavily in Stockholm, but inside a small, pitch-dark auditorium, the atmosphere is cozy and warm. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2023 Lines formed at old wells as people lugged jugs of water to pitch-dark apartments in Kyiv. Marc Santora, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Astyanax mexicanus cave fish have adapted to an incredibly tough environment: chilly, pitch-dark caves that flood about once a year, providing brief feasts separated by long periods of starvation. Viviane Callier, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pitch-dark was in 1704

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Cite this Entry

“Pitch-dark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pitch-dark. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: extremely dark
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