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American Gothic

Entry from US English dictionary


1A noted 1930 painting by Grant Wood (1891–1942), depicting a dour-faced farmer and his daughter in front of their house, with a Gothic-style window in the background. It is representative of traditional American rural values, and is widely copied and parodied.
Example sentences
  • We look at Grant Wood's American Gothic and imagine a storyline that goes with it.
  • Wood had recently exhibited his now legendary painting American Gothic at the Art Institute of Chicago to great acclaim.
  • Parts of the portrait shared similarities to American Gothic, for example the sharp outline, rural qualities and the interest in pattern.
1.1 [as modifier] Conservative in moral and social views.
Example sentences
  • This Puritan idea gave rise to all sorts of conventions, but most notably, the American Gothic tradition, or modern horror.
  • As much American Gothic as Japanese horror, it's a demanding, unsettling and memorable film.
  • Yet, nevertheless, it is his more explorative work that highlights American Gothic.

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Syllabification: A·mer·i·can Goth·ic

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