What Does Gothic Mean?


The word “gothic” originally came from a group of European tribes from ancient history who were believed to have originated from the island of Gottland off the Denmark coast. Today the word gothic is normally used to describe a subculture that is based on a specific style of art, literature and music.
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(usually initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a style of architecture, originating in France in the middle of the 12th century and existing in the western half of Europe through the middle of the 16th century, characterized by the use of the pointed arch and the ribbed vault, by the use of fine woodwork and stonework, by a progressive lightening of structure, and by the use of such features as flying buttresses, ornamental gables, crockets, and foils.
(usually initial capital letter) pertaining to or designating the style of painting, sculpture, etc., produced between the 13th and 15th centuries, especially in northern Europe, characterized by a tendency toward realism and interest in detail.
(initial capital letter) of or relating to Goths or their language.
(usually initial capital letter) of or relating to the music, especially of northern Europe, of the period roughly from 1200 to 1450, including that of the Ars Antiqua, Ars Nova, and the Burgundian school.
(usually initial capital letter) pertaining to the Middle Ages; medieval.
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Gothic refers to that which relates to Goths. Goths are an extinct East Germanic language that originated in France during the middle of the 12th century. This language existed until the 16th century in the western half of Europe.
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