semi·​dark·​ness | \ ˌse-mē-ˈdärk-nəs How to pronounce semidarkness (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semidarkness

: partial darkness

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of semidarkness in a Sentence

fumbling around in the semidarkness
Recent Examples on the Web Kate Shepel, 32, lies down in semidarkness, the jutting curve of her belly all but obscured. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Now, in the semidarkness and the throng of guests, all names seem somehow fluid, interchangeable, secondary. Olga Tokarczuk, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Hong establishes feelings of isolation from the very first shot, an image of an empty room in semidarkness that becomes a visual motif in the film. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 12 July 2018 In other areas, bored passengers waited in long lines or simply sprawled out on the slick airport floor, waiting in the semidarkness. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 18 Dec. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'semidarkness.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Keep scrolling for more

First Known Use of semidarkness

1849, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About semidarkness

Time Traveler for semidarkness

Time Traveler

The first known use of semidarkness was in 1849

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near semidarkness




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for semidarkness

Last Updated

19 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Semidarkness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on semidarkness

Nglish: Translation of semidarkness for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Color

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!