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noun (1)

at·​tic ˈa-tik How to pronounce attic (audio)
: a low story or wall above the main order of a facade in the classical styles
: a room behind an attic
: a room or a space immediately below the roof of a building : garret
: something resembling an attic (as in being used for storage)


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At·​tic ˈa-tik How to pronounce Attic (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of Athens or its ancient civilization
: marked by simplicity, purity, and refinement
an Attic prose style


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noun (2)

: a dialect of ancient Greek originally used in Attica and later the literary language of the Greek-speaking world

Examples of attic in a Sentence

Noun (1) rented the attic out to a college student
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Still haunted by Beetlejuice, Lydia’s life is turned upside down when her rebellious teenage daughter, Astrid, played by Ortega, discovers the mysterious model of the town in the attic, accidentally opening the portal to the afterlife. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Apr. 2024 The vaults are almost entirely rebuilt and cleaned, a new gilded copper rooster is perched atop the finished tip of the spire, and the wooden attic is redone. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2024 Her grandfather evaded capture by foraging in forests and hiding in people's attics and basements. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 At first, the signs were subtle—a faint scratching in the walls, the occasional rustle in the attic. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 These bags will keep all your belongings neat while being stored in your closet, basement, or attic. Toni Sutton, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024 His first job was to run the ductwork in the attic and cut vent holes in the ceilings. Tik Root, Grist, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 The men tied the couple up and left them in the attic before taking off with $27,00 in cash and jewelry, as well as the couple’s black Mercedes, WPVI reported. Jennifer Rodriguez, Kansas City Star, 28 Mar. 2024 The little ones have their very own space in the attic, with enough room to both sleep and play. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 8 Feb. 2024
When not in his room, Green headed upstairs to The Attic restaurant where there’s a specialty gin cocktail called the Dale Cooper. Partner Content, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024 Rain, who formed and performed in a band called Aleka's Attic with River, also honored her late brother through art. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Her debut album Boots was reissued by Light in the Attic Records two years ago. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2023 Upstart labels like Light In The Attic and Soundway Records have stepped in as a new curating force to sprinkle into the growing vinyl record market new editions of remastered compilations. Will Cady, Spin, 21 Aug. 2023 The reissue record label Light in the Attic calls the compilation one of the key entries in the underwater music genre. Hazlitt, 23 Nov. 2022 Investigators seized the Attic Greek cup from the Met last year. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023 Other returning venues on board include the Schooner Bar, Boleros, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade, The Attic comedy club, Spotlight Karaoke and Music Hall that features house tribute bands. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2023

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Word History


Noun (1)

French attique, from attique of Attica, from Latin Atticus


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of attic was in 1577

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Cite this Entry

“Attic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
at·​tic ˈat-ik How to pronounce attic (audio)
: a room or a space just below the roof of a building


2 of 2 adjective
: of or relating to Athens


from French attique "attic," from attique (an adjective) "of Attica," from Latin Atticus "of Attica"

Word Origin
In ancient Greece the region around Athens was known as Attica, and many of the buildings in Attica had a special feature of a second wall that extended above the top of the main wall or row of columns supporting the roof. When builders in Europe later copied this feature of Attica's buildings, their buildings were said to be in the style of Attica, or the Attic style. Eventually, the word attic came to be used as a noun to refer to this upper wall and later to a room behind the wall under the roof. Today we refer to any room just underneath the roof as the attic, even when the building is not in the style of those in ancient Attica.

Medical Definition


at·​tic ˈat-ik How to pronounce attic (audio)
: the small upper space of the middle ear

called also epitympanic recess

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