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)

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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This is true of my wardrobe, my apartment (my decor style is closer to your grandma’s attic than the curated bookshelves on Instagram), and my skin care routine. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "CosRX's Snail Essence Gave Me the Dewiest Skin of My Life," 3 Dec. 2018 Remember when Clark gets locked in the attic while the rest of the Griswolds go shopping? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 The pair entered the home, went to stairs that led to the attic and demanded the worker give up his wallet. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston man who shot construction worker during robbery given 50-year prison sentence," 7 Mar. 2018 This 112-room hotel was created using office and attic space within the city’s historic train station. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Older homes may have little to no attic or sidewall insulation, which can result in homes losing heat during cold weather and also losing cool air during hot weather, according to the association. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Free energy-saving upgrades available for some Oak Forest homeowners," 7 July 2018 With no basement, attic or spare room, unglamorous documents have no home and can end up stacked in plain sight in utilitarian boxes, unattractive reminders of the bureaucracy of life. New York Times, "Buried in Paperwork," 6 July 2018 The residents were not at home during the fire, which affected the roof and attic. Christina Tkacik, Howard County Times, "Lightning starts house fire in Howard County; three firefighters suffer heat exhaustion," 4 July 2018 Bats love old homes, with all their nooks and crannies, in particular, and often move into attics. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016

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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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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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