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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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 According to a statement from South Milwaukee Fire Chief Joe Knitter, the June 18 fire was in the attic of a single-story home on Underwood Avenue. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two fires just over two days apart in the same building in Cudahy," 20 June 2018 In the attic of one building are murals by soldiers, including Perren Gerber, an artist who was stationed here in the 1950s. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 In the attic of an ancient manor house, our personal guide explained how pressed grape must (juice along with skin, seeds, and stems) is slowly reduced and moved to ever smaller casks of different woods for at least 12 years. Elizabeth Marcus,, "A family organized a whole trip around one meal in Modena, Italy. Was it worth it?," 21 May 2018 Sean Gannon was fatally shot in the attic of a home last month. 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 When the deportations of Jews began in 1942, Mrs. Lachman hid in the attic of Schaft’s home, survived the war, immigrated to Washington in 1947 and later began working for the IMF. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 17 May 2018 According to officials, the smoke was believed to have begun after some work was performed in the attic of the building earlier in the day. Steve Schering,, "Fox Center in Oak Park to be closed temporarily after smoke detected in building's roof," 8 May 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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finished basement/attic

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The first known use of attic was in 1577

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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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an open space surrounded by woods

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