from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of a Germanic people who invaded the Roman Empire in the early centuries of the Christian era.
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- proper n. A member of the East Germanic tribe, who invaded the Roman Empire in the 3rd to 5th centuries.
- proper n. uncivilized person, barbarian, Vandal
From Middle English Gothes, Goths, from Late Latin Gothī, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Gota and Old Norse Goti, Goth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English Gothes, Gotes, both pl., partly from Old English Gotan, Goþan, both pl., s. forms Gota, Goþa; partly from Late Latin Gothi, both pl., s. form Goth; of Germanic origin; compare Old Norse Goti "Goth", compare Gothic *𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌰𐌽𐍃 ("Gutans") pl. "Goths", from Proto-Germanic *gutô (latter two terms are ablaut grades) perhaps from the Proto-Germanic *geutanan, but more likely from Proto-Germanic *gudanaz (see also good, God, Odin, Gutan, Wotan, Woden). Related terms are Gudai, Gutan, Gutnish, Gotlander, Geat, Gaut, Got, and probably Catalonia, Catalan. (Wiktionary)