- 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
- 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 more-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