[ goth ]
/ gɒθ /


one of a Teutonic people who in the 3rd to 5th centuries invaded and settled in parts of the Roman Empire.
a person of no refinement; barbarian.
  1. a genre of rock music that first became popular in the 1980s and is characterized by morbid themes and melodies.
  2. a person who is part of a subculture favoring this style of music and a dark and morbid aesthetic:goths dressed in black shirts and pants.



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Origin of Goth

before 900; Middle English Gothe < Late Latin Gothī (plural); replacing Old English Gotan (plural) (Gota, singular); cognate with Gothic Gut- (in Gut-thiuda Goth-people)

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or Goth, goth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for goth

/ (ɡɒθ) /


a member of an East Germanic people from Scandinavia who settled south of the Baltic early in the first millennium ad . They moved on to the Ukrainian steppes and raided and later invaded many parts of the Roman Empire from the 3rd to the 5th centurySee also Ostrogoth, Visigoth
a rude or barbaric person
(sometimes not capital) an aficionado of Goth music and fashion


Also: Gothic (sometimes not capital)
  1. (of music) in a style of guitar-based rock with some similarities to heavy metal and punk and usually characterized by depressing or mournful lyrics
  2. (of fashion) characterized by black clothes and heavy make-up, often creating a ghostly appearance

Word Origin for Goth

C14: from Late Latin (plural) Gothī from Greek Gothoi
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