the Dark Ages

plural noun

Definition of the Dark Ages 

1 : the period of European history from about A.D. 500 to 1000 : the first 500 years of the Middle Ages

2 or the dark ages, often humorous : the period of time before things developed into their modern form In the dark ages before computers, we often wrote our letters by hand. Her father's ideas about women are from the Dark Ages.

Learn More about the Dark Ages

Share the Dark Ages

Statistics for the Dark Ages

Look-up Popularity

Comments on the Dark Ages

What made you want to look up the Dark Ages? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a knickknack or trinket

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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