Definitions for: Gothic

[n] 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
[n] a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
[n] 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
[adj] (literature) characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"
[adj] as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating"
[adj] of or relating to the Goths; "Gothic migrations"
[adj] of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; "the Gothic Bible translation"
[adj] characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

Webster (1913) Definition: Goth"ic, a. [L. Gothicus: cf. F. gothique.]
1. Pertaining to the Goths; as, Gothic customs; also, rude;

2. (Arch.) Of or pertaining to a style of architecture with
pointed arches, steep roofs, windows large in proportion
to the wall spaces, and, generally, great height in
proportion to the other dimensions -- prevalent in Western
Europe from about 1200 to 1475 a. d. See Illust. of
Abacus, and Capital.

Goth"ic, n.
1. The language of the Goths; especially, the language of
that part of the Visigoths who settled in Moesia in the
4th century. See Goth.

Note: Bishop Ulfilas or Walfila translated most of the Bible
into Gothic about the Middle of the 4th century. The
portion of this translaton which is preserved is the
oldest known literary document in any Teutonic

2. A kind of square-cut type, with no hair lines.

Note: This is Nonpareil GOTHIC.

3. (Arch.) The style described in Gothic, a., 2.

Synonyms: black letter, Gothic architecture, mediaeval, medieval, nonmodern, strange, unusual

See Also: architectural style, East Germanic, East Germanic language, English-Gothic, English-Gothic architecture, face, font, fount, perpendicular, perpendicular style, style of architecture, type of architecture, typeface

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