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 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 Yes, self-tanners give pasty legs a safe, sunless glow. Colleen Sullivan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Ways to Take Care of the Skin Below Your Chin," 28 Dec. 2017 Face and Body Self-Tanning Towelettes To buy: $36 with code (originally $48); These little towelettes deliver a natural-looking, streak-free sunless tan with just one swipe. Kathleen Mulpeter,, "Kate Somerville Is Having a HUGE Sale Right Now—Here's What We're Buying," 27 Apr. 2018 Instead, it's housed on a server in some unknown probably dank and sunless location. John Patrick Pullen, Time, "Forget the iPhone X, Apple's Best Product Is Something You Can't Buy," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of sunless

1589, in the meaning defined above

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“Sunless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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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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