American English

Definition of dark adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (darker, darkest)
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    with little light
  1. 1with no or very little light, especially because it is night a dark room/street/forest What time does it get dark in summer? It was dark outside and I couldn't see much. opposite light
  2. colors
  3. 2not light; closer in shade to black than to white dark blue/green/red, etc. Darker colors are more practical and don't show stains. opposite light, pale
  4. 3having a color that is close to black a dark suit dark-colored wood The dark clouds in the sky meant that a storm was coming.
  5. hair/skin/eyes
  6. 4brown or black in color Sue has long dark hair. He was handsome with dark eyes. Even if you have dark skin, you still need protection from the sun.
  7. 5(of a person) having dark hair, eyes, etc. a dark handsome stranger opposite fair
  8. mysterious
  9. 6mysterious; hidden and not known about There are no dark secrets in our family.
  10. evil
  11. 7evil or frightening There was a darker side to his nature. the dark forces of the imagination
  12. without hope
  13. 8unpleasant and without any hope that something good will happen the darkest days of Fascism The film is a dark vision of the future.
  14. phonetics
  15. 9(of a speech sound) produced with the back part of the tongue close to the back of the mouth. In many accents of English, dark/l/ is used after a vowel, as in ball. opposite clear
  16. Idioms
    a dark horse
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    a person taking part in a race, etc. who surprises everyone by winning
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dark