What does attic mean?

Definitions for attic
ˈæt ɪkat·tic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loft, attic, garretnoun

    floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage

  2. Attic, Ionic, Ionic dialect, Classical Greeknoun

    the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia

  3. attic, bean, bonce, noodle, noggin, domenoun

    informal terms for a human head

  4. atticadjective

    (architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof

  5. Atticadjective

    of or relating to Attica or its inhabitants or to the dialect spoken in Athens in classical times

    "Attic Greek"


  1. atticnoun

    The space, often unfinished and with sloped walls, directly below the roof in the uppermost part of a house or other building, generally used for storage or habitation.

    We went up to the attic to look for the boxes containing our childhood keepsakes.

    Etymology: From the practice of decorating the top storey of building façades in the Attic architectural style.

  2. Atticadjective

    Relating to Athenian culture or architecture.

    Etymology: From the practice of decorating the top storey of building façades in the Attic architectural style.

  3. Atticnoun

    An ancient Greek dialect spoken in Attica, Euboea, and the northern coastal regions of the Aegean Sea.

    Etymology: From the practice of decorating the top storey of building façades in the Attic architectural style.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Atticadjective

    of or pertaining to Attica, in Greece, or to Athens, its principal city; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians; classical; refined

    Etymology: [L. Atticus, Gr. .]

  2. Atticadjective

    a low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; -- a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence:

    Etymology: [L. Atticus, Gr. .]

  3. Atticadjective

    a room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof

    Etymology: [L. Atticus, Gr. .]

  4. Atticadjective

    an Athenian; an Athenian author

    Etymology: [L. Atticus, Gr. .]


  1. Attic

    An attic is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building. Attic is generally the North American English term for it. As attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners. While some attics are converted into bedrooms or home offices, complete with windows and staircases, most attics remain hard to reach and neglected, and are typically used for storage. It is a word ultimately derived from the Attica region around Athens, Greece. Attics can also help control temperature in a house by providing a large mass of slowly moving air. Hot air rising from lower floors of a building often gets retained in the attic, further compounding their reputation as inhospitable environments. However, in recent years many attics have been insulated to help decrease heating costs since on average, uninsulated attics account for 15% of the total energy loss in a typical house.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attic

    at′ik, adj. pertaining to Attica or to Athens: chaste, refined, elegant like the Athenians.—v.t. Att′icise, to make conformable to the language or idiom of Attica.—v.i. to use the idioms of the Athenians: to side with the Athenians, to affect Attic or Greek style or manners.—n. At′ticism.—Attic salt, wit of a dry, delicate, and refined quality. [Gr. Attikos, Attic, Athenian, Attikē, Attica, perh. from aktē, headland, though connected by some with astu, city.]

  2. Attic

    at′ik, n. (archit.) a low story above the cornice that terminates the main part of an elevation: a room in the roof of a house. [Introduced in architecture from the idea that the feature to which it alluded was constructed in the Athenian manner.]

Editors Contribution

  1. attic

    The space within the roof area of a house, apartment, bungalow, cabin, pod, premises, property of form of housing.

    Many people transform the attic of their property into a bedroom, office or for other purposes.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 13, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of attic in a Sentence

  1. Bette Davis:

    Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmother's old farmhouse -- all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic.

  2. Emanuele Mazzotta:

    The man who on the other hand brought the Banksy mural inside the house, had total control over it, he had free access to the house and the door was placed in the upper part of the attic.

  3. Broadway World:

    Zimmerman's unique take on the staging was inspired by the true story of a Jewish woman in Los Angeles who created a ‘Safe House’ for a Latina mother and her two daughters after her husband was deported by ICE, the characters in the attic will be played by a LatinX cast.

  4. Gary Landis:

    Everybody has grandma’s clock in the attic and it’s a nostalgia thing and they want to bring it down, they remember as a little child that grandma had that clock.

  5. Goldoni:

    Laughing is peculiar to man, but all men do not laugh for the same reason. There is the attic salt which springs from the charm in the words, from the flash of wit, from the spirited and brilliant sally. There is the low joke which arises from scurrility and idle conceit.

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