Definitions of attic

  1. of or relating to Attica or its inhabitants or to the dialect spoken in Athens in classical times; " Attic Greek"
  2. ( architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
  3. floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
  4. 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.
  5. A room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof.
  6. An Athenian; an Athenian author.
  7. A low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; - a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence:
  8. The room or space immediately beneath the roof of a house.
  9. Pertaining to Attica or to Athens: chaste, elegant.
  10. Pertaining to Attica; elegant; classical.
  11. The low topmost story of a house.
  12. Of or pertaining to Attica or Athens in Greece; classic; witty.
  13. A half- story next the roof; a garret.
  14. Pertaining to Attica, or to its principal city, Athens.
  15. A native of Attica; the Attic dialect of Greek. A low storey erected over a principal order, generally decorated with pilasters and a cornice, but having neither capital nor base; usually an uppermost room in a house where the ceiling is square with the sides, to distinguish it from a garret, but the latter is also frequently termed an attic. Attic wit, or Attic salt, poignant, delicate wit, such as the Athenians were famous for. Attic style, a pure, classical, and elegant style. Attic faith, inviolable faith. Attic dialect, the dialect of Greek spoken by the Athenians. Attic base, a peculiar base, consisting of an upper torus, a scotia, and lower torus, with fillets between them, used by ancient architects in the lonic order or column, and sometimes in the Doric. Attic order, an order of small square pillars at the uppermost extremity of a building. Attic storey, the upper storey of a house.
  16. Pert. to Attica, a town in Greece; elegant; classical.
  17. In arch., a plain or decorated parapet- wall on the upper part of the facade of a building; an Athenian.
  18. The fiat or floor on the upper part of a house; a garret.

Usage examples for attic

  1. His Orations have so many delicate turns, such a number of well- chosen examples, and such an agreeable vein of politeness, that they almost seem to have been composed in the true Attic style. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  2. Why, I always spend hours in my attic these still, gentle days. – Green Valley by Katharine Reynolds
  3. Observe Albert in his attic bedroom scarcely more than an hour later. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  4. If you had heard your own name coming down the chimney and through the windows and up from the cellar, out of the attic, in the hallway, down the stairs and everywhere at the same time you wouldn't have stayed there any longer either. – The Go Ahead Boys and the Mysterious Old House by Ross Kay
  5. The wit of Mackintosh was Attic, and his sarcasm refined and delicate. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  6. " I can't be expected to," she said to herself, as she mounted the attic stairs, " anything would be better than that muddle." – Anxious Audrey by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  7. I watched her, and it struck me that she was giving a signal by talking out loud to the child; I noticed, too, that she kept her eyes fixed on the attic- on Glahn's window up there. – Pan by Knut Hamsun
  8. It yielded to the knob, and Thorpe found himself in what was evidently the attic of the Mission. – A Daughter of the Vine by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  9. And she nodded again, and glanced up at the attic window, and sighed. – Marie by Laura E. Richards
  10. The following morning when I entered the larger attic I found that Mme. – The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
  11. Early next morning, one of the servants who slept in an attic above the ante- room, heard a noise below. – Hoodie by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
  12. It is true, whoever supposes that to speak in the Attic taste, is to avoid every awkward, every harsh, every vicious expression, has, in this sense, an undoubted right to refuse his approbation to every thing which is not strictly Attic. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  13. That night Lovey Mary sat in her little attic room and held Tommy close to her hungry heart. – Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice
  14. The Attic Speakers, he will tell me, are the models upon which he wishes to form his Eloquence. – Cicero's Brutus or History of Famous Orators; also His Orator, or Accomplished Speaker. by Cicero
  15. That she would let me have the little corner attic room for a greenhouse. – Trading by Susan Warner
  16. Surely we shall soon start for our dear attic home. – Grand-Daddy Whiskers, M.D. by Nellie M. Leonard
  17. Janey had been to see her, had climbed up to her little attic, and had stretched out her arms to her. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley