Definition of neo-Gothic in English:


Pronunciation /ˈˌnēō ˈɡäTHik/ /ˈˌnioʊ ˈɡɑθɪk/


  • Of or in an artistic style that originated in the 19th century, characterized by the revival of Gothic and other medieval forms. In architecture it is manifested in pointed arches, vaulted ceilings, and mock fortifications.

    ‘the large western window typical of neo-Gothic churches’
    • ‘The eighteenth century saw Georgian and neo-Gothic architecture, which continued into the nineteenth century when neo-Classical styles arose.’
    • ‘Moreover, sources within the CTO claim that this century old piece of neo-Gothic structure has not seen maintenance since a long time.’
    • ‘Contained within the footprint of the original neo-Gothic chapel, the flowing, guitar-shaped plan emphasizes the continuity of life.’
    • ‘Vienna Town Hall is a splendid neo-Gothic affair with a large internal courtyard that is sometimes used for public events like concerts, theatrical performances and balls.’
    • ‘The neo-Gothic Cravath Hall on the campus of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee was restored by architects Moody-Nolan and Michael Emrick, AIA.’
    • ‘Hohenschwangau Castle was restored by Ludwig's father King Maximilian II of Bavaria in a romantic neo-Gothic style that was later to have a deep influence on Ludwig himself.’
    • ‘The flag isn't flying today at the splendid neo-Gothic style residence of the Governor of Tasmania, Richard Butler.’
    • ‘The building's blank walls along Chapel Street mark a radical break with the neo-Gothic context of the university.’
    • ‘The novel is the story of Tony Last, an English aristocrat thoroughly devoted to his family estate, Hetton, and to the unchanging routines that the decaying neo-Gothic country house embodies.’
    • ‘Nobody was hurt in the fire, which started early in the morning in the Manhattan church - the world's biggest neo-Gothic cathedral and smaller only than St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.’
    • ‘The 73-room Victorian neo-Gothic mansion, in its 15 ha of established grounds, was not enough.’
    • ‘They stood outside a crumbling neo-Gothic mansion in an abandoned residential neighborhood.’
    • ‘Upstairs, amid the neo-Gothic splendour of the Great Hall, a veritable plethora of experts were casting a specialist eye over the hundreds of items brought in for their perusal.’
    • ‘Sligo Courthouse project received its award ‘for the successful restoration of a Victorian neo-Gothic building, whilst responding to a complex brief and confidently integrating new elements of the building fabric’.’
    • ‘Instead of supporting a neo-Gothic showpiece, those foundations were finally put to use in 1972 to support squat, concrete academic buildings for Royal St. George's College, the boys school that ultimately took over the site.’
    • ‘F.W. Woolworth didn't believe in mortgages; he paid for this svelte, soaring neo-Gothic monolith with $13.5 million in cash, with the nickels and dimes his stores charged for their trinkets.’
    • ‘It is a fantastic example of a neo-Gothic building and we have some of the greatest collections of books and manuscripts anywhere in the world.’
    • ‘The curving organic lines of the building bind the architecture to its surroundings on the banks of the Ottawa River, in stark contrast to the angular neo-Gothic Parliament buildings perched on the cliff across the water.’
    • ‘Built in 1896, the present neo-Gothic structure with its soaring spire and sloping roof set on huge timber trusses replaced the original smaller church, which came up in 1608.’
    • ‘The huge neo-Gothic parliament building on the Danube is as imposing as Westminster on the Thames, and its magnificent palace and cathedral light up every evening over the Danube.’


  • The neo-Gothic style.

    ‘As it is, Melbourne is architecturally confused: a bit of neo-Gothic here, a touch of old colonial there, car parks and questionable attempts at modernism everywhere.’
    • ‘English magic realism also has some affinity with the neo-Gothic.’
    • ‘Those favoured by the regime still tended towards the neo-Gothic in architecture and sculpture, and an academic historicism in painting.’