[usually singular] (formal or literary) a large empty space Below him was nothing but a black void. (figurative) The void left by his mother's death was never filled. It seemed that nothing could fill the aching black void left by Rachel’s death. She sat staring into the void, emptying her mind of all thoughts. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘unoccupied’): from a dialect variant of Old French vuide; related to Latin vacare
‘vacate’; the verb partly a shortening of avoid, reinforced by Old French voider.