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American English: /dɑrk/
British English: /dɑːk/

Translation of dark in Spanish:

adjective darker, darkest

  • 1 (unlit)
    it's getting dark
    está oscureciendo
    se está haciendo de noche
    the dark side of the moon
    el lado oculto de la luna
    Example sentences
    • Oranjestad harbor is well lit if it gets dark before you get there.
    • I've always been like a cave-woman - awake when it's light and asleep as soon as it gets dark.
    • Do what you have to do early, when it gets dark go to bed then wake up early and complete your homework.
  • 2 2.1 (in color)
    Example sentences
    • Shades of dark green, blue and red designs and grand borders are popular designs on a saree.
    • They wear light blue shirts, dark pants and these black arm badges with IP written on them and the flag.
    • The clouds took on a fiery orange hue and the few open patches that led to the blue sky were a dark purple.
    Example sentences
    • She had short dark hair and matching dark eyes and wore black pants with a red tank top under her apron.
    • The dark skinned woman pulled up her sleeve and revealed two scars running up her left wrist.
    • She pulled her dark wavy curls out of her face and anchored her thin frame against Zeeks's side.
    2.2 (in complexion) he's/she's very dark
    es muy moreno/morena
    Example sentences
    • The people are dark skinned, their faces pinched, their bodies hunched as though perpetually cold.
    • If a daughter is too dark skinned she may not be able to find a good husband.
    • A dark-complexioned girl is engaged to be married to a dark man much older than her.
  • 3 3.1 (evil, sinister) [literary]
    there's a dark side to his nature/his activities
    hay algo (de) siniestro en él/sus actividades
    Example sentences
    • The moor evolves from geological hazard into a metaphor for dark thoughts and evil deeds.
    • For some time now, taking hormone replacement therapy has been almost synonymous with embracing the dark forces of evil.
    • A movie which is about dark power and evil, it uses the most powerful of Indian myths to its advantage.
    3.2 (somber, gloomy)
    in the dark days of the war
    en los días aciagos de la guerra
    Example sentences
    • At the beginning of this campaign I said that this is a dark period for the union, but we would come through it and the union would be stronger.
    • Only a few months ago they prophesied the advent of a new dark age.
    • Clyde Prestowitz told Alison Caldwell that it was a dark day for the World Trade Organisation.
    Example sentences
    • A folky lament on death and love, it never sounds as dark as its lyrics intend because of tremendous harmonies.
    • Your new book Dr Sweet… is a dark comedy - what is your favourite comedy film or tv series?
    • If you've never seen the film and have a taste for esoteric dark comedies, give this one a spin.
    3.3 (mysterious, obscure)
    in darkest ignorance
    en la más completa ignorancia
    the Dark Continent [dated]
    el continente negro
    in darkest Africa [dated]
    en lo más recóndito de Africa
    to keep something dark
    mantener algo en secreto
    Example sentences
    • The bright facades of present-day Willemstad conceal the dark secrets of offshore finance.
    • Mothers and pushchairs crowd the OK Laundrette, beside the dark mysteries of the Wizard Tattoo Shop.
    • All three protagonists try to piece the clues together in order to unveil the dark mysteries at work.
  • 4 (Linguistics)
    Example sentences
    • English has two allophones for /l/, "light/clearl" and "darkl". I am conducting a study on the distribution of these two allophones.
    • Since L Vocalization is stigmatized, people "moving up" to RP often do not hear the difference between dark L and vocalized L (o), and so substitute light L instead of their vocalized L in words such as pill, milk people.
    • To pronounce the dark 'l' in girl or world, unroll the tongue and press the tip up against the alveolar ridge just behind the teeth.


  • 1 (absence of light) the dark
    la oscuridad
    to sit in the dark
    estar sentado en la oscuridad or en lo oscuro
    I'm afraid of the dark
    me da miedo la oscuridad
    to keep somebody in the dark about something
    ocultarle algo a alguien
    to be in the dark about somebody's intentions
    estar a oscuras sobre las intenciones de alguien
    we're working completely in the dark
    estamos trabajando a ciegas
    to whistle in the dark
    hacer ver que todo va bien
    Example sentences
    • It was quite normal to go into someone's study and find two people sitting on a bed together in the dark.
    • He's had a nightlight for a few months now - we gave in to his growing unease of being in the dark.
    • Parents in Oldham are now being urged to be on their guard and not let their children out alone in the dark.
  • 2 (nightfall) to wait until dark
    esperar hasta que anochezca
    don't go out alone after dark
    no salgas solo de noche
    Example sentences
    • This pyrotechnical extension to the Great Wall glowed eerily under dark of night as the fire climbed up and over dunes.
    • In morning dark, Bradson was woken by the mosque singer, as he had been each morning he had been in this Sasak village.
    • Working from dawn until dark can become the breeding ground toward poor health in both mind and body.
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