(noun, adjective)


1. characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

2. of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths

- the Gothic Bible translation

3. of or relating to the Goths

- Gothic migrations

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

Similar word(s): nonmodern, mediaeval, medieval

5. characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque

- gothic novels like `Frankenstein'

Similar word(s): strange, unusual

Sentences with gothic as an adjective:

- "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)

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


1. 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

Definition categories: communication

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

Definition categories: communication, case, face, font, fount, typeface

3. 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

Definition categories: thought