What does Gothic mean?

Definitions for Gothicˈgɒθ ɪk

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Gothic(noun)

    extinct East Germanic language of the ancient Goths; the only surviving record being fragments of a 4th-century translation of the Bible by Bishop Ulfilas

  2. Gothic, black letter(noun)

    a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries

  3. Gothic, Gothic architecture(adj)

    a style of architecture developed in northern France that spread throughout Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries; characterized by slender vertical piers and counterbalancing buttresses and by vaulting and pointed arches

  4. Gothic(adj)

    characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

  5. Gothic(adj)

    of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths

    "the Gothic Bible translation"

  6. Gothic(adj)

    of or relating to the Goths

    "Gothic migrations"

  7. medieval, mediaeval, gothic(adj)

    as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened

    "a medieval attitude toward dating"

  8. gothic(adj)

    characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque

    "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"


  1. Gothic(Noun)

    A novel written in the Gothic style.

  2. Gothic(Adjective)

    of or relating to the Goths.

  3. Gothic(Adjective)

    barbarous, rude, unpolished, belonging to the "Dark Ages", medieval as opposed to classical.

    "Enormities which gleam like comets through the darkness of gothic and superstitious ages." (Percy Bysshe Shelley in a 1812 letter, Prose Works (1888) II.384, cited after OED)

  4. Gothic(Adjective)

    of or relating to the architectural style favored in western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries.

  5. Gothic(Adjective)

    of or relating to the style of fictional writing associated with the Gothic revival, emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting.

  6. Gothic(Adjective)

    in England, of the name of type formerly used to print German, also known as black letter.

  7. Gothic(Adjective)

    in the USA, of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also called grotesque

  8. Gothic(Adjective)

    of or relating to the goth subculture or lifestyle.

    Why is this gothic glam so popular? (New Musical Express 24 December 1983, cited after OED)

  9. Gothic(ProperNoun)

    an extinct language, once spoken by the Goths

  10. Origin: English from the 17th century, ad Latin gothicus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gothic(adj)

    pertaining to the Goths; as, Gothic customs; also, rude; barbarous

  2. Gothic(adj)

    of or pertaining to a style of architecture with pointed arches, steep roofs, windows large in proportion to the wall spaces, and, generally, great height in proportion to the other dimensions -- prevalent in Western Europe from about 1200 to 1475 a. d. See Illust. of Abacus, and Capital

  3. Gothic(noun)

    the language of the Goths; especially, the language of that part of the Visigoths who settled in Moesia in the 4th century. See Goth

  4. Gothic(noun)

    a kind of square-cut type, with no hair lines

  5. Gothic(noun)

    the style described in Gothic, a., 2

  6. Origin: [L. Gothicus: cf. F. gothique.]


  1. Gothic

    The Gothic is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed in temperate Eurasia.. This species has a wingspan of 36–46 mm. The forewings are broader than most other noctuids, blackish with a network of fine white lines. The hindwings are grey. The species flies at night in June and July. It sometimes comes to light but is not generally strongly attracted. By contrast it is strongly attracted to sugar and flowers. The larva, which is gregarious when young, is greyish-brown with dark lines along the side and blackish markings at the hind end. It is polyphagous, feeding on a wide range of plants. This species overwinters as a larva. ⁕^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Gothic' in Adjectives Frequency: #923


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gothic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Gothic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

    The principle of the Gothic architecture is infinity made imaginable.

  2. Roland Barthes:

    I think that cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals: I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object.

  3. Del Toro:

    I made it a point to make every man in the movie useless. Normally in gothic romance you end with (the male hero) carrying the girl without a shirt and rescuing her from imminent danger, i wanted to sort of actualize the genre a little bit and make the female roles the central roles.

  4. Reverend W. Awdry (1911 - 1997):

    [Of the parralels between the railways and the church] both had their heyday in the mid-nineteenth century; both own a great deal of Gothic-style architecture which is expensive to maintain; both are regularly assailed by critics; and both are firmly convinced that they are the best means of getting man to his ultimate destination.

Images & Illustrations of Gothic

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