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Meaning of GOTHIC

Pronunciation:  'gâthik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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
  2. [n]  a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
  3. [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
  4. [adj]  (literature) characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque; "gothic novels like `Frankenstein'"
  5. [adj]  as if belonging to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned and unenlightened; "a medieval attitude toward dating"
  6. [adj]  of or relating to the Goths; "Gothic migrations"
  7. [adj]  of or relating to the language of the ancient Goths; "the Gothic Bible translation"
  8. [adj]  characteristic of the style of type commonly used for printing German

GOTHIC is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \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.
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