- 1 the state of being dark, without any light After a few minutes our eyes got used to the darkness. The house was plunged into total darkness when the electricity was cut off. The sun went down and darkness fell (= it became night). There is an extra hour of darkness on winter mornings. Her face was in darkness. They managed to escape under cover of darkness.
- 2the quality or state of being dark in color It depends on the darkness of your skin.
- 3(literary) evil the forces of darkness