do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : living near or about human habitations domestic vermin
b : tame, domesticated the domestic cat
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country domestic politics domestic wines domestic manufacturing all debts foreign and domestic
3 : of or relating to the household or the family domestic chores domestic happiness
4 : devoted to home duties and pleasures leading a quietly domestic life
5 : indigenous a domestic species



Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a servant hired to work for a household Her grandmother worked as a domestic.
2 : an article (such as a rug or blanket) manufactured within one's own country or for use in a household : an article of domestic (see domestic entry 1 sense 2) manufacture usually used in plural

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domestically \ də-​ˈme-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce domestic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for domestic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of domestic in a Sentence

Adjective The company hopes to attract both foreign and domestic investors. the surest way to maintain domestic peace and harmony is to have everyone pitch in on chores Noun She got in a domestic with her husband. working as a team, the man and his wife hired themselves out as domestics for wealthy homeowners
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Recently, TikTokers created meme videos out of the domestic abuse allegations, turning snippets of audio from Amber's emotional testimonies into viral sounds for users to lip-sync to. Seventeen, 20 May 2022 This genre-bending memoir tackles domestic abuse through a lens that will break open your understanding of not only the topic, but the form a story can take. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 20 May 2022 Trinidadian nanny — a softening bit of self-parody that may distract from the allegations of domestic abuse from his Black ex-girlfriend against the actor. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 As a reflection of our lives, reality TV is a format that facilitates difficult but necessary discussions about topics as diverse as HIV/AIDS, domestic abuse, and sexuality., 18 May 2022 The restaurant’s mission was to break the cycle of poverty for its employees, who had barriers to stable employmentlike homelessness, domestic abuse, disabilities and inolvement with the criminal justice system. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 There have been countless therapeutic dramas of domestic abuse. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 11 May 2022 Depp claims that Heard falsely and maliciously accused him of domestic abuse, damaging his career and reputation in the amount of $50 million. Paul Callan, CNN, 9 May 2022 In 2018, at the height of #MeToo, Heard penned an op-ed in The Washington Post describing herself as a victim of domestic abuse. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No Way Home will end with around $765 million-$780 million domestic. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 New Lenox police said a second person, who tried to intervene in the domestic, was battered and taken to the hospital for their injuries. Alicia Fabbre,, 20 Dec. 2021 Claude Humphrey was born on June 29, 1944, in Memphis, a son of Dosie Humphrey, a school maintenance engineer, and Millie Hayes Humphrey, who worked as a domestic. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2021 That included $135 million in China (+70% from Godzilla and -25% from Skull Island) and $110 million domestic on a $180 million budget. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The Millennial tendency to dabble in the domestic is now, essentially, many people’s full-time job. Angela Lashbrook,, 12 Jan. 2021 Her mother was a domestic who was home only one day a week; her stepfather was a longshoreman. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 One of nine children, he was raised by his mother, Era, who supported the family by working as a domestic. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2020 The rub was that Gamgort saw no way his domestic can suppliers could possibly make enough of them. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of domestic


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for domestic

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Middle French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus — see dome entry 1

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23 May 2022

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“Domestic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Kids Definition of domestic

1 : relating to a household or a family domestic life
2 : relating to, made in, or done in a person's own country The president spoke about both foreign and domestic issues.
3 : living with or under the care of human beings : tame domestic animals

Other Words from domestic

domestically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb


do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈmes-tik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Legal Definition of domestic

1 : of or relating to the household or family a domestic servant domestic relations — see also family court
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country or state and especially one's own country or state the state has personal jurisdiction over domestic corporations — compare foreign, municipal

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