Gothic (gŏth’ĭk) is an adjective with several meanings. First of all it used to describe things related to the Goths, or things that have a Germanic origin. Some people broadened this definition to encompass anything related to the Middle Ages. Finally, Gothic can also be related to a very specific architectural style that was present in Western Europe until the 15th century.
The graphics flit between cheerfully normal school backdrops to the unnerving fountains of blood and gothic masks, keeping you on edge and constantly awaiting the next horror. (USA Today)
There are many meanings of the term “gothic”. To some, it might refer to the novels of Mary Shelley or the rather less demanding oeuvre of Anne Rice. (The Telegraph)