un·​lit ˌən-ˈlit How to pronounce unlit (audio)
: not lighted: such as
: not kindled or ignited
an unlit fire
an unlit cigar
: not illuminated with light
unlit roads
an unlit stairway

Examples of unlit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By Tuesday, Shifa’s unlit nursery had been completely emptied: The Al Jazeera footage showed a room full of empty incubators. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 This slim, unlit tree is super low maintenance and comes in both 6- and 7-foot options. Erin Johnson, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 It is sometimes suggested that lighting a match, holding an unlit match in your teeth, holding a crust of bread in the mouth, or biting on the handle of a wooden spoon can help. Mark Kurlansky, Bon Appétit, 6 Nov. 2023 Artificial tree prices range from $300 for a smaller, unlit tree to around $10,000 for taller trees that are more realistic-looking and boast LED lights. Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2023 Trees come lit and unlit, in colors from traditional green to shiny silver, and can be returned up to 30 days from purchase for a full refund. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 26 Oct. 2023 And while some trees are sold unlit, there are several lights available, including candlelight clear, color, LED, and twinkling). Kathleen Felton, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Oct. 2023 Even the White House Christmas tree was not spared, remaining unlit as a sign of austerity. By Jason Bordoff and Meghan L. O’Sullivan , WSJ, 6 Oct. 2023 Pro tip: For a more realistic look, choose an unlit version, like this one—then add lights later. Brigitt Earley, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1764, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unlit was circa 1764

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“Unlit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unlit. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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