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)


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


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

Synonyms for attic

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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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 There are small fans to pack up for summer outings, and large ones designed to be installed on a roof to help cool large rooms or an attic. Camryn Rabideau, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 The fire caused damage to interior rooms of the home and also the attic. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 9 June 2022 At dinner, Michael presides with a goblet, yet the attic is riddled with bats. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 For almost a century, the bones of the renowned racehorse had been kept stored and mostly forgotten in a fourth-floor attic of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 The fire started on the outside of the building and had some extension inside, but crews were able to limit the damage to the exterior of the building and an unoccupied portion of the attic, Boettcher said. Bob Dohr, Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2022 The home is equipped with a programmable thermostat, ridge vents, storm doors, thermopane windows with simulated light, central vacuum, a security system, a main level sound system and a walk-up attic that could be turned into another room. Karen A. Avitabile, Hartford Courant, 29 May 2022 Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze that had run along the length of the attic. Amaris Encinas, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 Pipistrelle bats in a Shropshire attic were being captured by a noble false widow. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Attic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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


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Medical Definition of attic

: the small upper space of the middle ear

called also epitympanic recess

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