Definition of American Gothic in English:

American Gothic

Syllabification: A·mer·i·can Goth·ic


  • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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