steamboat Gothic


: an elaborately ornamented architectural style used in homes built in the middle 19th century in the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys

Word History


from its use in homes of retired steamboat captains in imitation of the style of river steamboats

First Known Use

1941, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steamboat Gothic was in 1941

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Cite this Entry

“Steamboat Gothic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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