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.

1690–1700; special use of Attic Unabridged


of, pertaining 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.

1555–65; < Latin Atticus < Greek Attikós

non-Attic, adjective, noun Unabridged
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attic (ˈætɪk)
1.  a space or room within the roof of a house
2.  architect a storey or low wall above the cornice of a classical façade
[C18: special use of Attic from the use of Attic-style pilasters to adorn the façade of the top storey]

Attic (ˈætɪk)
1.  of or relating to Attica, its inhabitants, or the dialect of Greek spoken there, esp in classical times
2.  (often not capital) classically elegant, simple, or pure: an Attic style
3.  Aeolic Arcadic Doric See also Ionic the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Athens: the chief literary dialect of classical Greek

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Word Origin & History

1590s, "pertaining to Attica," from L. Atticus, from Gk. Attikos "of Attica," the region around Athens (see Attica). Attested from 1560s as an architectural term for a type of column base.

"top storey 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 storey 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), and it came to mean the space enclosed by such a structure. The modern use is via Fr. attique. "An attic is upright, a garret is in a sloping roof" [Weekley].
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attic at·tic (āt'ĭk)
The upper portion of the tympanic cavity above the tympanic membrane that contains the head of the malleus and the body of the incus. Also called epitympanum.

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attic definition

  1. n.
    the head, thought of as the location of one's intellect. : She's just got nothing in the attic. That's what's wrong with her.
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Her crested helmet is sometimes rendered as attic in type, sometimes corinthian.
A new attic remake version has also been created and should be released soon.
Two hundred and forty mast corbels were positioned around the top of the attic.
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