domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \də-ˈmes-tik \

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

domestic

noun

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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Other Words from domestic

Adjective

domestically \-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for domestic

Synonyms: Adjective

familial, household

Synonyms: Noun

daily [British], flunky (also flunkey), lackey, menial, retainer, servant, slavey, steward

Antonyms: Adjective

nondomestic, nonfamilial

Antonyms: Noun

master, mistress

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Lyft is solely domestic, while Uber has stakes in companies like East Asia’s Didi and Southeast Asia’s Grab. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "Why Lyft had to beat Uber to an IPO filing," 6 Dec. 2018 Try to book at least a month in advance for domestic flights, and at least two for international travel. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How to Snag the Cheapest Flights for Your Next Adventure," 6 Dec. 2018 Coral & Tusk: Take 20 percent off sitewide and free domestic ground shipping through 11/26. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals on furniture, bedding, and more," 24 Nov. 2018 Beijing is struggling to tame domestic debt problems — problems an international lending spree certainly hasn’t helped. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 This shortfall amounts to a small 1% of American firms’ global sales (both foreign and domestic). The Economist, "America Inc and the rage against Beijing," 28 June 2018 Rustic Pathways is best known for creating domestic and international trips for teens. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "Why Even Control Freaks Are Opting for ‘Surprise Vacations’," 14 Nov. 2018 Dorsey wrote as the first ever message sent on his new service — to a place where America’s current president defines the country’s foreign and domestic policies. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "@Dril is the best chronicler of the internet’s last decade," 27 Sep. 2018 The co-working company widens its already gigantic funding lead in the domestic and foreign market. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Why Amazon’s rivals should be terrified," 27 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most black Southerners were initially barred from receiving Social Security, for example, because farmworkers and domestics were not included. Eric Schickler, Vox, "Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party," 21 Apr. 2018 The various domestics seasons will then begin their 2018/19 campaign in mid to late August. SI.com, "Fixtures Announced: Man Utd, Real Madrid & Barcelona Among Giants Heading to USA for Huge 2018 ICC," 18 Apr. 2018 Local newspaper reporters would travel with the team, dine with the team and sometimes have one too many cold domestics with the team. Amos Barshad, New York Times, "What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?," 21 Feb. 2018 Non-violent domestics, Rushton Road: Officers responded to a home at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 14 after a man reported his daughter, 18, had threatened him. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Officers break up sibling fight in Taco Bell parking lot: South Euclid Police Blotter," 24 Jan. 2018 Most came from working-class black women, mainly domestics, who made up nearly 70% of the bus ridership. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins Are Mothers of the #MeToo Movement," 8 Jan. 2018 Exotic woods like jatoba and tigerwood join the domestics of holly, walnut, birch and ash in details of the interior. Anne Raup, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket Man: Bill Guernsey and his Atomic Camper," 28 Sep. 2016 My grandparents were all domestics, and there's no shame in that. Essence.com, "Natural Born Leader: Odyssey Media CEO Linda Spradley Dunn Is Making Sure Women Of Color Call The Shots," 30 Oct. 2017 But the flexibility of domestic as well as foreign customers is making gas production in the area more attractive to investors. Lynn Cook, WSJ, "An Old Fracking Hot Spot Makes a Comeback," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of domestic

Adjective

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

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for domestic

Adjective

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

Noun

see domestic entry 1

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domestic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made in your own country

: relating to or involving someone's home or family

: relating to the work (such as cooking and cleaning) that is done in a person's home

domestic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a servant who is hired to work in someone's home : a domestic servant

: a fight between members of a family or household

domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \də-ˈme-stik \

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

domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \də-ˈmes-tik \

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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