the Dark Ages

plural noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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.

Word by Word Definitions

dark play
  1. : devoid or partially devoid of light : not receiving, reflecting, transmitting, or radiating light

  2. : transmitting only a portion of light

  3. : wholly or partially black

  1. : a place or time of little or no light : night, nightfall

  2. : absence of light : darkness

  3. : a color of low or very low lightness : a dark or deep color

  1. : to grow dark (see 1dark)

  2. : to make dark

age play ages
  1. : the time of life at which some particular qualification, power, or capacity arises or rests

  2. : one of the stages of life

  3. : the length of an existence extending from the beginning to any given time

  1. : to become old : show the effects or the characteristics of increasing age

  2. : to acquire a desirable quality (such as mellowness or ripeness) by standing undisturbed for some time

  3. : to cause to become old

  1. : aggregate : collection

  2. : action : process

  3. : cumulative result of


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