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GOTHIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Gothic mean? 

GOTHIC (noun)
  The noun GOTHIC has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: GOTHIC used as a noun is uncommon.


GOTHIC (adjective)
  The adjective GOTHIC has 5 senses:

1. characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German
2. of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths
3. of or relating to the Goths
4. as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened
5. characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque

  Familiarity information: GOTHIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


GOTHIC (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Gothic" is a kind of...):

East Germanic; East Germanic language (an extinct branch of the Germanic languages)


Sense 2Gothic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

black letter; Gothic

Hypernyms ("Gothic" is a kind of...):

face; font; fount; typeface (a specific size and style of type within a type family)


Sense 3Gothic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

Gothic architecture; Gothic

Hypernyms ("Gothic" is a kind of...):

architectural style; style of architecture; type of architecture (architecture as a kind of art form)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "Gothic"):

English-Gothic; English-Gothic architecture; perpendicular; perpendicular style (a Gothic style in 14th and 15th century England; characterized by vertical lines and a four-centered (Tudor) arch and fan vaulting)


GOTHIC (adjective)


Sense 1Gothic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

Gothic (a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries)


Sense 2Gothic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the Gothic Bible translation

Pertainym:

Gothic (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)


Sense 3Gothic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to the Goths

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

Gothic migrations

Pertainym:

Goth (one of the Teutonic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries)


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Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

medieval; mediaeval; gothic

Context example:

a medieval attitude toward dating

Similar:

nonmodern (not modern; of or characteristic of an earlier time)


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Meaning:

Characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque

Context example:

gothic novels like 'Frankenstein'

Similar:

strange; unusual (being definitely out of the ordinary and unexpected; slightly odd or even a bit weird)

Domain category:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)


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