Gothic is a word with many meanings, but we’re going to talk about it as a design style.
It started long ago, in the Middle Ages, which is a time period that lasted from the 5th to the 15th century.
During this time, a new style of buildings appeared that had lots of ornate and intricate details, tall, pointy roofs, and big, colorful stained glass windows.
People loved these tall and beautiful buildings which were mostly churches and called this style “Gothic.”
Today, we still use “Gothic” to describe buildings that have this dramatic and fancy style.
But Gothic isn’t just for buildings!
A special kind of writing called “Gothic literature” borrows from this style too; it usually tells spooky, mysterious, or thrilling stories in old-fashioned or creepy settings.
“Gothic” can also describe a style of art, characterized by the same sort of intricate, fancy designs, and often featuring dark, moody colors and themes.
So, if you hear “Gothic”, think of tall, grand buildings with pointy roofs, scary stories set in creepy castles, or dark and detailed artworks – isn’t that cool?