[ pich-blak ]
See synonyms for pitch-black on Thesaurus.com
  1. extremely black or dark as pitch: a pitch-black night.

Origin of pitch-black

First recorded in 1590–1600

Words Nearby pitch-black

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How to use pitch-black in a sentence

  • Here a pitch black tunnel opened before them into the lower regions, and—it must be confessed—they hesitated.

  • From another point in the pitch-black glen rose the wailing, terrible cry of a woman in agony.

  • The old man stumbled into the pitch-black, stifling passage and sat down on the lowest step to rest.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • It is delirium-of-bliss to feel oneself living though shadows be pitch-black.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
  • There was a gate in the pitch-black paling, and a bell-handle—discovered with great difficulty.

    The Law and the Lady | Wilkie Collins

British Dictionary definitions for pitch-black


  1. extremely dark; unlit: the room was pitch-black

  2. of a deep black colour

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