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.
Other definitions for Attic (2 of 2)
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.
- non-Attic, adjective, noun
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How to use attic in a sentence
Bertha is the obstacle keeping Jane Eyre from marrying Rochester, and she is the madwoman in the attic whom the trope is named after.Gothic novels are obsessed with borders. Mexican Gothic takes full advantage. | Constance Grady | October 16, 2020 | Vox
I personally had no trouble running Ethernet under the crawl space of my old one-story house, though my current two-story house required some compromises thanks to its slab foundation and lack of attic access for half the house.Ethernet and a mesh network will permanently solve your WiFi issues | Whitson Gordon | October 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
Stay on top of clutter in your kitchen, pantry, bathroom, attic, and other areas in your home with the GranRosi farmhouse style metal basket pair.The best bins and baskets to keep your pantry perfectly organized | PopSci Commerce Team | October 13, 2020 | Popular-Science
It opens with Brumotti, 40, in the attic bedroom of his parents’ home in the seaside region of Liguria, where most citizens, like the rest of the country, are under emergency lockdown.Vittorio Brumotti Serves Vigilante Justice on a Bike | Tom Vanderbilt | September 15, 2020 | Outside Online
A part of this had to do with how Romans and especially their Praetorian Guard was depicted with the stylized attic helmet variant with engravings and plumes.Know Your Ancient Greek Helmets: From Attic to Phrygian | Dattatreya Mandal | May 19, 2020 | Realm of History
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 | Tom Arnold-Forster | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Eileen Cronin | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The latter went immediately to look for his wife, and found her hidden in an attic, hanging to a beam.
From the time of Solon the attic months were lunar, composed alternately of 30 and 29 days.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
At the door of the lodging in the attic she stopped and tapped mysteriously; an old man brought forward a chair for her.An Episode Under the Terror | Honore de Balzac
Chance ruled that Andrea's gaze, idle as it was from her sitting still to have her hair brushed, fell on Rousseau's attic.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
The simplicity of the attic writers would make Latin composition bald and tame.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
British Dictionary definitions for attic (1 of 2)
a space or room within the roof of a house
architect a storey or low wall above the cornice of a classical façade
British Dictionary definitions for Attic (2 of 2)
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 pure: an Attic style
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