attic

[ at-ik ]
/ ˈæt ɪk /

noun

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

First recorded in 1690–1700; special use of Attic

Definition for attic (2 of 2)

Attic

[ at-ik ]
/ ˈæt ɪk /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Greece or of Athens.
(often lowercase) displaying simple elegance, incisive intelligence, and delicate wit.

noun

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

1555–65; < Latin Atticus < Greek Attikós

Related forms

non-At·tic, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attic (1 of 2)

attic

/ (ˈætɪk) /

noun

a space or room within the roof of a house
architect a storey or low wall above the cornice of a classical façade

Word Origin for attic

C18: special use of Attic from the use of Attic-style pilasters to adorn the façade of the top storey

British Dictionary definitions for attic (2 of 2)

Attic

/ (ˈætɪk) /

adjective

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

noun

the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Athens: the chief literary dialect of classical GreekSee also Aeolic, Arcadic, Doric, Ionic
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Medicine definitions for attic

attic

[ ătĭk ]

n.

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
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