attic

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)

Attic

adjective
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

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

That can lead to rotting fascia boards and possibly water entering the attic. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 Gannon and several other officers were conducting a second search of the attic when Gannon was killed on April 12, police said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "‘I killed a cop’: He fatally shot an officer — and told his ex-girlfriend, Mass. police say | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 The difficult ones find her crawling through attics and hoisting a 28-foot ladder. Cindy Atoji Keene, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s pulling the plug on the ‘cable guy’ stereotype," 1 June 2018 While Clark is tearing up in the attic watching old footage of his past Christmases, the exterior of his childhood home can be seen. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 Uninsulated attics can increase energy bills by 67% versus a space that is fully insulated to local standards. Henry Gifford, Popular Mechanics, "Your House Is Bleeding You Dry. Here Are 9 Steps To Save You Money.," 8 Aug. 2018 Moses claims there was no electric train in the small attic room where the alleged assault occurred. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Inside Moses Farrow's Defense Of Woody Allen, Accusations Against Mia Farrow," 24 May 2018 As teenagers, James recalls, the two would spend afternoons after school in their tiny attic recording studio. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "Cleveland hip-hop act Muamin Collective returns with 'The Hues Brothers'," 9 May 2018 The little brown bat is the only one that remains in winter, hibernating upside down underneath the bark of shagbark hickory and other trees, as well as sometimes in people’s attics, Goyette said. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County bat monitoring program hopes to prevent fungus killing critical mammal," 23 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of attic

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

attic

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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