(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 pertaining to Goths or their language.
(usually initial capital letter) of or pertaining 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.

1605–15; < Late Latin Gothicus of, pertaining to the Goths. See Goth, -ic

gothically, adverb
gothicness, gothicity [go-this-i-tee] , noun
non-Gothic, adjective
post-Gothic, adjective
pre-Gothic, adjective, noun
pro-Gothic, adjective
pseudo-Gothic, adjective
ungothic, adjective Unabridged
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Gothic (ˈɡɒθɪk)
1.  See also Gothic Revival 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
2.  of or relating to the style of sculpture, painting, or other arts as practised in W Europe from the 12th to the 16th centuries
3.  (sometimes not capital) When used of modern literature, films, etc, sometimes spelt: Gothick of or relating to a literary style characterized by gloom, the grotesque, and the supernatural, popular esp in the late 18th century
4.  of, relating to, or characteristic of the Goths or their language
5.  (sometimes not capital) primitive and barbarous in style, behaviour, etc
6.  of or relating to the Middle Ages
7.  another word for Goth
8.  Gothic architecture or art
9.  See also East Germanic 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
10.  Also called (esp Brit): black letter the family of heavy script typefaces
11.  another word for Goth

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Word Origin & History

"of the Goths," Gmc. people who lived in Eastern Europe c. 100 A.D. (O.E. Gota, L.L. Goth, Gk. Gothoi), from Goth. gutþiuda "Gothic people," the first element cognate with O.N. 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 Eng. is from L.L. Used in sense of "savage despoiler" (1663) in reference to their sack of Roman cities, 5c. (see vandal). Gothic was used by scholars to mean "Germanic, Teutonic" (1647), hence its evolution as a term for the art style that emerged in northern Europe in the Middle Ages, and the early 19c. literary style that used 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.
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Gothic definition

In European architecture, the dominant style during the late Middle Ages, characterized by slender towers, pointed arches, soaring ceilings, and flying buttresses. Many great cathedrals, including Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris, were built in this style.

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The city is famous for its rich medieval heritage of brick gothic.
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