Dictionary.com

attic

[ at-ik ]
/ ˈæt ɪk /
Save This Word!

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.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of attic

First recorded in 1690–1700; special use of Attic

Other definitions 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

OTHER WORDS FROM Attic

non-Attic, adjective, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use attic in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK