- Telli woke the next morning to the patter of rain on the roof above his attic room.
- They had a small attic room in the roof which was full of old toys.
- Spare bedrooms or large closets make good drying rooms, but hot attics and damp cellars generally do not.
Late 17th century (as an architectural term designating a small order (column and entablature) above a taller one): from French attique, from Latin Atticus 'relating to Athens or Attica'.
Attic originally referred to an arrangement of small columns at the top of a building. It is from French attique, from Latin Atticus ‘relating to Athens or Attica’, from the type of architecture found there. The phrase attic storey, used from the mid 18th century, described a low space above the main tall façade, which eventually gave attic the sense ‘highest storey of a building’.
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- The Persians marched across the Attic peninsula and burned Athens.
- As in the main scene, she wears a high-crested Attic helmet.
- It is written in Attic Greek, with much studiedly antithetical rhetoric and frequent verbal borrowings from the classical authors.
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Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek Attikos.
- US English dictionary
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