Definition of "gothic" []

  • 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 buttress (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the style of sculpture, painting, or other arts as practised in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries (adjective)
  • Of or relating to a literary style characterized by gloom, the grotesque, and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th century (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Goths or their language (adjective)
  • Primitive and barbarous in style, behaviour, etc (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the Middle Ages (adjective)
  • Gothic architecture or art (noun)
  • The extinct language of the ancient Goths, known mainly from fragments of a translation of the Bible made in the 4th century by Bishop Wulfila (noun)
  • The family of heavy script typefaces (noun)
  • Alternative capitalization of Gothic (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "gothic" in a sentence
  • "In my own writing about the painting (here and here), I've emphasized that the term gothic holds both reverential and horrifying connotations."
  • "The word "gothic" was initially a term of propagandist disdain."
  • "[Why would anyone use the term gothic to describe this new angst-filled, mysterious, introspective music?"