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Definition of "attic" []

  • A story or room directly below the roof of a building, especially a house. (noun)
  • A low wall or story above the cornice of a classical façade. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "attic" in a sentence
  • "Dacian captives on the attic (_attic_ = a species of subordinate story added above the main cornice) of this arch were a fortunate addition, furnishing a _raison-d’être_ for the columns and broken entablatures on which they rest."
  • "Her face shone brightly, as if the word attic was “ice cream.”"
  • "On the other hand, a disconnected furnace vent in the attic is a SERIOUS defect that could cause a ridiculous amount of damage over a period of just one heating season."