sun·​less | \ ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio) \

Definition of sunless

: lacking sunshine : dark, cheerless

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Examples of sunless in a Sentence

mental patients who were once condemned to spend their lives in the sunless confines of a state asylum
Recent Examples on the Web Soon, however, a revolutionary new telescope launching in 2025 may be able unlock the secrets of the darkness of space, where sunless worlds may even outnumber the stars. Nola Taylor Redd, Smithsonian Magazine, "How NASA’s New Telescope Will Help Astronomers Discover Free-Floating Worlds," 30 Sep. 2020 Olson connected in the bottom half on another smoky, sunless day that had the strange sight of ballpark lights on in the afternoon. Janie Mccauley, Houston Chronicle, "Matt Olson's homer helps lift A's over Astros," 10 Sep. 2020 To the villagers along the Iditarod’s remote, often sunless trails, Mountain is just another musher on a sled helmed by 14 dogs. NBC News, "Meet Quince Mountain, the Iditarod's first transgender dog musher," 9 Mar. 2020 The giant plastic spheres and, in at least one case, a hemisphere, are opening eyes to the sunless depths of the ocean and leading to discoveries. William J. Broad, New York Times, "Bubble Subs Arise, Opening Eyes to the Deep Sea," 18 Nov. 2019 On land, there were several years of freezing temperatures and sunless skies, not to mention the tsunamis and worldwide wildfires. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "End-Cretaceous mass extinction saw big swings in ocean pH," 24 Oct. 2019 Services include sunless spray tanning, European bronzing beds, stand-up sun booths, and spa services such as photo facials and FIT (far infrared technology) bodywrap. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New businesses include Sweetfin restaurant, Union Cowork," 15 Aug. 2019 Check out Tan-Luxe Wonder Oil Illuminating Self-Tan Oil, a miraculous, sunless solution to maintain your tan — even under the light of the moon. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Spray tanning, on the other hand, offers you a safe, sunless glow. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "11 Things to Avoid Doing Right Before Getting a Spray Tan," 10 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of sunless

1589, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sunless was in 1589

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“Sunless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sunless

: having little light from the sun : not sunny


sun·​less | \ ˈsən-ləs How to pronounce sunless (audio) \

Kids Definition of sunless

: being without sunlight : dark a sunless day a sunless cave

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