1. Alternative letter-case form of Gothic#English|Gothic

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɡɒ.θɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡɑ.θɪk/
Proper noun
  1. An extinct Germanic language, once spoken by the Goths.
Translations Adjective


  1. Of or relating to the Goths or their language. [from 1611]
  2. (figuratively) Barbarous, rude, unpolished, belonging to the “Dark Ages”, medieval as opposed to classical.
    Synonyms: barbarous, medieval, rude, unpolished
    Antonyms: classical
    • 1782, Frances Burney, Cecilia, II.iii.6:
      “[W]hat he holds of all things to be most gothic, is gallantry to the women.”
  3. (architecture) Of or relating to the architectural style favored in Western Europe in the 12th to 16th centuries, with high-pointed arches, clustered columns, etc. [from 1640s]
    Coordinate terms: Romanesque#English|Romanesque, Baroque#English|Baroque
    Gothic arches
    • 2000, Paul Frankl, Paul Crossley, Gothic Architecture, Yale University Press (ISBN 9780300087994), page 258:
      The Gothic style did not cease to exist: it did, however, cease to be all-powerful, and it almost ceased to create new forms. Gothic architects had by this time drawn every possible conclusion from the premises which had been laid down […]
  4. (literature) Of or relating to the style of fictional writing associated with the Gothic revival, emphasizing violent or macabre events in a mysterious, desolate setting. [from early 19th c.]
    Gothic tales
    • 1975, John V. Murphy, The Dark Angel: Gothic Elements in Shelley's Works, Bucknell University Press (ISBN 9780838714072), page 9:
      Shelley's two early novels Zastrozzi and St. Irvyne are, as many scholars have noted, obviously connected to the tradition of the Gothic novel; as well, two volumes of early poetry contain Gothic elements and his tragedy The Cenci has been […]
  5. (typography, England) Of the name of type formerly used to print, at last, German, also known as black letter.
    Gothic letters
  6. (typography, USA) Of a sans serif typeface using straight, even-width lines, also known as grotesque.
  7. Of or relating to the goth subculture, music or lifestyle. [from 1980s]
    Synonyms: goth
    Coordinate terms: punk#English|punk, post-punk#English|post-punk, industrial#English|industrial
    Gothic rock
    Gothic dress
    • 1983, New Musical Express, 24 December 1983, in OED
      Why is this gothic glam so popular?
Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: gotisch
  • Russian: готи́ческий
  • German: gotisch
  • Russian: готи́ческий
Translations Noun

gothic (plural gothics)

  1. A novel written in the Gothic style.

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