Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • n.
  • n. A low story above the main order or orders of a facade, in the classical styles; -- a term introduced in the 17th century. Hence
  • n. A room or rooms behind that part of the exterior; all the rooms immediately below the roof.
  • n. An Athenian; an Athenian author.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Attica, or to the city or state of Athens; Athenian; marked by such qualities as were characteristic of the Athenians.
  • n. A native or an inhabitant of Attica, the territory of the ancient Athenian state, now an eparchy of the kingdom of Greece; an Athenian.
  • n. The Attic dialect; Attic Greek.
  • n. In architecture, a low story surmounting an entablature or the main cornice of a building. Also called attic story.
  • n. A room in the uppermost part of a house, immediately beneath the roof or leads; a garret.
  • n. The upper portion of the tympanic cavity of the ear.
  • n. Figuratively, a man's ‘top story’; the skull

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dialect of Ancient Greek spoken and written in Attica and Athens and Ionia
  • n. informal terms for a human head
  • n. floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
  • n. (architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof
  • adj. of or relating to Attica or its inhabitants or to the dialect spoken in Athens in classical times

Etymologies

From Attic story, story of a building enclosed by one decorative structure placed above another, much taller decorative structure, usually involving the Attic order, an architectural order having square columns of any of the basic five orders, from French attique, from attique, Attic, from Latin Atticus; see Attic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the practice of decorating the top storey of building façades in the Attic architectural style. (Wiktionary)

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  • Exactly. Possibly somewhat accurate. ;-)

    February 25, 2009

  • Maybe when people refer to "the ol' attic" meaning their brain...? Still creepy.

    February 24, 2009

  • Weirdnet: the head of a human being?

    February 24, 2009