- the part of a building, especially of a house, directly under a roof; garret.
- a room or rooms in an attic.
- a low story or decorative wall above an entablature or the main cornice of a building.
- Anatomy. the upper part of the tympanic cavity of the ear.
Origin of attic
- of, relating to, or characteristic of Greece or of Athens.
- (often lowercase) displaying simple elegance, incisive intelligence, and delicate wit.
- the dialect of ancient Attica that became the standard language of Classical Greek literature in the 5th and 4th centuries b.c.
Origin of Attic
Examples from the Web for attic
She would periodically show up at the house and stay in the attic, where she hung beads and burned incense.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
My bedroom was square and yellow and brand-new; this one was an attic with a gray-blue wall curling into its ceiling.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
It might be on a closet shelf or perhaps in the attic, wrapped tightly in thick twine.
It comes out of the drawer, the attic, the trunk of your car with the first tease of spring.
Remember when “the madwoman in the attic” was more than just a metaphor for the female imagination?Six Fictional Marriages that Have Gone Very, Very Wrong
Jean Hanff Korelitz
March 25, 2014
This time, however, he sat down in the attic and began to read it.The Conquest of Fear
Between one and two in the morning our driver descended from his attic.The Roof of France
Never mind; give it all the same; the picture will be of use, and we will adorn our attic with it.The Imaginary Invalid
His Uncle William was in the kitchen when he descended the stairs from the attic.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Then he too went up the ladder, and found himself with the others in an attic.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
- a space or room within the roof of a house
- architect a storey or low wall above the cornice of a classical façade
- of or relating to Attica, its inhabitants, or the dialect of Greek spoken there, esp in classical times
- (often not capital) classically elegant, simple, or purean Attic style
Word Origin and History for attic
1590s, "pertaining to Attica," from Latin Atticus, from Greek Attikos "Athenian, of Attica," the region around Athens (see Attica). Attested from 1560s as an architectural term for a type of column base.
"top story under the roof of a house," 1855, shortened from attic storey (1724). The term Attic order in classical architecture meant a small, square decorative column of the type often used in a low story above a building's main facade, a feature associated with the region around Athens (see Attic). The word then was applied to "a low decorative facade above the main story of a building" (1690s in English), and it came to mean the space enclosed by such a structure. The modern use is via French. attique. "An attic is upright, a garret is in a sloping roof" [Weekley].
- The upper portion of the tympanic cavity above the tympanic membrane that contains the head of the malleus and the body of the incus.epitympanum