Definition of Gothic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡɒθɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɑːθɪk//
    [uncountable] Architectural styles
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  1. 1the Gothic style of architecture See related entries: Architectural styles
  2. 2Gothic printing type or printed letters
  3. Word Originfrom French gothique or late Latin gothicus, from Gothi (plural), from Greek Gothoi, from Gothic Gutthiuda ‘the Gothic people’. It was used in the 17th and 18th cents to mean ‘not classical’ (i.e. not Greek or Roman), and hence to refer to medieval architecture which did not follow classical models (sense (2)) and a typeface based on medieval handwriting (sense (4)).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Gothic