attic

noun (1)
at·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Definition of attic

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

Attic

adjective
At·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce Attic (audio) \

Definition of Attic (Entry 2 of 3)

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

Attic

noun (2)

Definition of Attic (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for attic

Synonyms: Noun (1)

cockloft, garret, loft

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Examples of attic in a Sentence

Noun (1)

rented the attic out to a college student

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The alarm rang a second time shortly thereafter, at 6:43 p.m., at which point Notre Dame security spotted the fire in the wooden framework of the attic. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Caused the Massive Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral?," 16 Apr. 2019 Whatever the case, there's a ton of these old phones still floating around out there, and there's probably a pretty good chance there's one sitting in your attic or a basement shelf. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Your vintage video game systems, old iPods and disco-era TVs could be worth big bucks," 22 May 2018 Go grab your box of lights and decorations from the attic: Christmas is here early this year. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The 2018 Yankee Candle Christmas Scents Have Arrived and We Are So Ready," 5 Oct. 2018 When the first fire engine arrived, there was smoke showing from the attic. Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "Boise Fire responds to more fires on the Fourth of July this year than last," 5 July 2018 Two live rounds were found in a toilet; shell casings were recovered from the attic, authorities said, the Herald News reported. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Police thought the attic was empty. Then a hidden gunman fired, Mass. authorities say | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that a homeowner in Sheridan Township sought help Friday after the raccoons fell from an attic. CBS News, "Raccoon family falls through ceiling of Michigan home," 7 May 2018 In general, an attic's R-value should be between R-30 and R-49. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Attic Insulation Your Home Needs," 13 Jan. 2019 The article included allegations of a boy being thrown from a window to his death, a girl forced to slap herself 50 times and children being locked in an attic. Wilson Ring, The Seattle Times, "Task force to investigate Vermont orphanage abuse," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of attic

Noun (1)

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1653, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for attic

Noun (1)

French attique, from attique of Attica, from Latin Atticus

Adjective

Latin Atticus of Attica, from Greek Attikos, from Attikē Attica, Greece

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The first known use of attic was in 1577

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attic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of attic

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

attic

noun
at·​tic | \ ˈa-tik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Kids Definition of attic

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

attic

noun
at·​tic | \ ˈat-ik How to pronounce attic (audio) \

Medical Definition of attic

: the small upper space of the middle ear

called also epitympanic recess

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