noun (1)
at·tic | \ˈa-tik \

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)


At·tic | \ˈa-tik \

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


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)

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 McDowells are the great-great-grandparents of Saunders, who discovered the letters in her mother's attic, did extensive research, and supplemented her findings with Civil War period photographs and other material for her book. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 10 Apr. 2018 Fire broke out in an attic, utilities were partially shut off, and several people were displaced, according to county fire and rescue spokesman Pete Piringer. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Tuesday was year’s hottest in D.C. and it was stormy,too, in places," 4 July 2018 Like an attic The LST seemed like a perfect fit for that job from 1948 to 1973. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ship that landed on D-Day, then hauled autos, now a museum in Muskegon," 24 May 2018 The fire started in an attic and spread through the second floor in a vacant part of the building at 129 E St., which houses several businesses – including the Dumpling House, said Joe Tenney, the Davis Fire Department's division chief on duty. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Davis Dumpling House restaurant damaged by fire," 22 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Strong winds pushed the fire through an attic. Glenn E. Rice, Robert A. Cronkleton And Max Londberg, kansascity, "Roof collapses, fire still raging at office building in North Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 There are three bedrooms, a full bath and an attic with walk-in storage. Carol Riordan,, "Property of the week: 262 Kenyon Street, Hartford," 16 Nov. 2017 Officials said multiple people, including four children, were inside the home at Stratford and Helena when lightning from a storm struck it around 11:30 p.m. and started a small fire in the attic of the two-story home. Robert Downen, Houston Chronicle, "Lightning strikes, ignites Midtown home," 7 July 2018 Heavy smoke and flames were shooting out of the attic of the two-story house on East Falls View Drive about noon, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokeswoman said. Pauline Repard,, "Attic fire damages College Area home," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of attic

Noun (1)

circa 1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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


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

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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


at·tic | \ˈa-tik \

Kids Definition of attic

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


at·tic | \ˈat-ik \

Medical Definition of attic 

: the small upper space of the middle ear

called also epitympanic recess

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