noun at·tic \ˈa-tik\

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things

Full Definition of ATTIC

:  a low story or wall above the main order of a facade in the classical styles
:  a room behind an attic
:  a room or a space immediately below the roof of a building :  garret
:  something resembling an attic (as in being used for storage)

Examples of ATTIC

  1. <rented the attic out to a college student>

Origin of ATTIC

French attique, from attique of Attica, from Latin Atticus
First Known Use: circa 1696

Related to ATTIC

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with ATTIC


adjective At·tic \ˈa-tik\

Definition of ATTIC

:  of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Athens or its ancient civilization
:  marked by simplicity, purity, and refinement <an Attic prose style>

Origin of ATTIC

Latin Atticus of Attica, from Greek Attikos, from Attikē Attica, Greece
First Known Use: 1599

Other Archaeology Terms

Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, flint, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum

Rhymes with ATTIC



Definition of ATTIC

:  a dialect of ancient Greek originally used in Attica and later the literary language of the Greek-speaking world

First Known Use of ATTIC

circa 1771

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym

Rhymes with ATTIC

ATTIC[1] Defined for Kids


noun at·tic \ˈa-tik\

Definition of ATTIC for Kids

:  a room or a space just under the roof of a building
Medical Dictionary


noun at·tic \ˈat-ik\

Medical Definition of ATTIC

:  the small upper space of the middle ear—called also epitympanic recess


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