- (usually initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, originating in France in the middle of the 12th century and existing in the western half of Europe through the middle of the 16th century, characterized by the use of the pointed arch and the ribbed vault, by the use of fine woodwork and stonework, by a progressive lightening of structure, and by the use of such features as flying buttresses, ornamental gables, crockets, and foils.
- (usually initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of painting, sculpture, etc., produced between the 13th and 15th centuries, especially in northern Europe, characterized by a tendency toward realism and interest in detail.
- (initial capital letter) of or relating to Goths or their language.
- (usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the music, especially of northern Europe, of the period roughly from 1200 to 1450, including that of the Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, and the Burgundian school.
- (usually initial capital letter) pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) barbarous or crude.
- (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of literature characterized by a gloomy setting, grotesque, mysterious, or violent events, and an atmosphere of degeneration and decay: 19th-century gothic novels.
- (initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to the alphabetical script introduced for the writing of Gothic by Ulfilas and derived by him from Greek uncials with the addition of some Latin and some invented letters.
- (often initial capital letter) being of a genre of contemporary fiction typically relating the experiences of an often ingenuous heroine imperiled, as at an old mansion, where she typically becomes involved with a stern or mysterious but attractive man.
- (usually initial capital letter) the arts and crafts of the Gothic period.
- (initial capital letter) the extinct Germanic language of the Goths, preserved especially in the 4th-century translation by Ulfilas of the Bible. Abbreviation: Goth, Goth., goth.
- (often initial capital letter) a story, play, film, or other work in the gothic style.
- (usually initial capital letter) British. black letter.
- (often initial capital letter) a square-cut printing type without serifs or hairlines.
Origin of gothic
Examples from the Web for gothic
I encountered The Mysteries of Udolpho when I took a Gothic novel course as a student at St. Andrews in Scotland.
One of the coolest things about the class was that we were discussing the Gothic novel in real Gothic buildings.
We tried to stay away from traditional Southern gothic tropes.True Detective Director Cary Fukunaga’s Journey from Pro Snowboarder to Hollywood’s Most Wanted
February 26, 2014
The worst of the bunch was Mary Reilly, a gothic take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, and More
February 11, 2014
In Louisiana, a land rich with swampy Gothic crime stories and compelling motion-picture tax incentives!‘True Detective’ Review: You Have to Watch HBO’s Revolutionary Crime Classic
January 11, 2014
In Totila arose a new Gothic leader, the bravest of the brave.
The first act of that fearful drama, the Gothic war, was over.
These were the parting tokens of Gothic affection for Italy.
When I got close to it I saw that it was a massive structure with Gothic openings.
A Gothic cathedral affirms that it was done by us and not done by us.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- denoting, relating to, or resembling the style of architecture that was used in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries, characterized by the lancet arch, the ribbed vault, and the flying buttressSee also Gothic Revival
- of or relating to the style of sculpture, painting, or other arts as practised in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries
- (sometimes not capital) of or relating to a literary style characterized by gloom, the grotesque, and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th centuryWhen used of modern literature, films, etc, sometimes spelt: Gothick
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the Goths or their language
- (sometimes not capital) primitive and barbarous in style, behaviour, etc
- of or relating to the Middle Ages
- another word for Goth (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for gothic
"of the Goths," Germanic people who lived in Eastern Europe c.100 C.E., "pertaining to the Goths or their language," 1610s, from Late Latin Gothicus, from Gothi, Greek Gothoi, all from Gothic gutþiuda "Gothic people," the first element cognate with Old Norse gotar "men." "The sense 'men' is usually taken to be the secondary one, but as the etymology of the word is unknown, this is uncertain" [Gordon]. The unhistorical -th- in English is from Late Latin.
Used in sense of "savage despoiler" (1660s) in reference to their fifth-century sacking of Roman cities (cf. vandal, and French gothique, still with a sense of "barbarous, rude, cruel"). Gothic also was used by scholars to mean "Germanic, Teutonic" (1640s), hence its evolution as a 17c. term for the art style that emerged in northern Europe in the Middle Ages, and the early 19c. literary style that used northern European medieval settings to suggest horror and mystery. The word was revived 1983 as the name for a style of music and the associated youth culture; abbreviated form goth is attested from 1986. Gothic revival in reference to architecture and decorating first recorded 1869 in writing of C.L. Eastlake.