One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A space or room just below the roof of a building.
loft, roof space, cock loftView synonyms
- ‘They had a small attic room in the roof which was full of old toys.’
- ‘Five steep steps led to a low-ceilinged attic bathroom with permanently dim lighting.’
- ‘Spare bedrooms or large closets make good drying rooms, but hot attics and damp cellars generally do not.’
- ‘If you need extra space then the attic upstairs could be easily converted into two more rooms.’
- ‘He was particularly interested in the attics of old buildings, where he sometimes found valuable artefacts among the rubbish.’
- ‘Subject to planning permission, there is potential to convert the unused floored attics in these bedrooms into further accommodation.’
- ‘The space between the attic and the rest of the house is lined with aluminium for insulation.’
- ‘The agents suggest that the attic rooms could be used as play areas or a study.’
- ‘Telli woke the next morning to the patter of rain on the roof above his attic room.’
- ‘The attic room was a lot bigger then she had imagined it to be and was set up with everything that she needed.’
- ‘The office was in the attic of one of those six storey buildings in South Kensington.’
- ‘Within minutes the fire had spread upstairs, trapping the teenager in her attic bedroom.’
- ‘Air also enters the living space from other unheated parts of the house, such as attics, basements, or crawl spaces.’
- ‘The house now has three bedrooms and a fourth in the attic with a sloping roof that is perfect for his grandchildren.’
- ‘There are five bedrooms, a lounge and bathroom on the first floor and two more bedrooms in the attic.’
- ‘I was in a smaller room that was next to the stairs leading to the attic where the servants used to live.’
- ‘Hanging the towel on a heated rail to dry, I wandered back up to the attic room, combing my hair with my fingers.’
- ‘After turning off the lamp in the attic, she headed back downstairs and into the dark hallways of the school.’
- ‘Nests may be built in trees and shrubs but are frequently found under building overhangs, in attics, barns, garages and sheds.’
- ‘There is a spacious attic bedroom, which could also be suitable for use as a study or home office.’
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’.
Relating to Athens or Attica, or the dialect of Greek spoken there in ancient times.
ancient greek, grecian, hellenicView synonyms
- ‘It is written in Attic Greek, with much studiedly antithetical rhetoric and frequent verbal borrowings from the classical authors.’
- ‘As in the main scene, she wears a high-crested Attic helmet.’
- ‘Fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, Attic Greek, and Latin in addition to his native Dutch, he turned out to be a sharp and engaging philosophy student.’
- ‘The Persians marched across the Attic peninsula and burned Athens.’
- ‘There were also fragments of earlier unglazed Corinthian and Attic lamps of the second to fourth centuries.’
- ‘The religious vision from which Attic tragedy emerged was one of the human community as a kind of besieged citadel.’
The dialect of Greek used by the ancient Athenians, the chief literary form of classical Greek.
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek Attikos.
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