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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So many bees, in fact, that some of the folks in San Diego County who specialize in removing them from house attics, backyard trash cans, sheds and utility boxes have weeks-long waiting lists. San Diego Union-Tribune en Español, "Nature takes its course: Bees flourish after heavy rains, keeping removal companies busy," 9 July 2019 The fire was contained to the kitchen area and attic, but extensive damage was caused by smoke and heat in the small restaurant. oregonlive.com, "Otis Cafe fire damages landmark Lincoln County restaurant on July 4th," 6 July 2019 Since most duct systems are located in attics, basements, or crawl spaces, any air that does leak is wasted, slipping out into unused space. Jessica Levy, Indianapolis Star, "4 ways this home repair will lower your energy bills and boost your health," 28 June 2019 On top, a textured block that looks like it was chiseled out of Greece’s stratigraphy blends into the land and contains the attic, office space, and an expansive terrace. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Mirrored house disappears into the landscape," 27 June 2019 Family members were considering renovating the attic, which prompted them to empty it. Chris O'brien, latimes.com, "A dusty old painting turned up in an attic in France. It may sell for $100 million," 25 June 2019 As the fire consumed the attic, family heirlooms in storage came crashing down into Harry’s bedroom: teething rings and baby toys; schoolwork and toddler clothes. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Even so, black mold can still make an appearance in a bathroom or basement, sprout up in the HVAC or attic, or really any part of the home where water accumulates and dampness exists. Cate Geiger, Country Living, "How to Get Rid of Black Mold Naturally," 23 May 2019 The full attic and basement are extraordinary (windows on every side) and offer room to develop your dreams. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: This elegant 1907 home features Art Nouveau details, indoor-outdoor flow, easy access," 25 June 2019

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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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