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domestic

adjective do·mes·tic \ də-ˈmes-tik \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of domestic

1 a : 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

domestically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of domestic in a Sentence

  1. The company hopes to attract both foreign and domestic investors.

  2. the surest way to maintain domestic peace and harmony is to have everyone pitch in on chores

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Origin and Etymology of domestic

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

domestic Synonyms

Synonyms
familial, household
Antonyms
nondomestic, nonfamilial
Related Words
homelike, homely, homy); residential
Near Antonyms
unbroken, untrained; wildish

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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domestic

noun

Definition of domestic

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 1domestic 2) manufacture usually used in plural

Examples of domestic in a Sentence

  1. She got in a domestic with her husband.

  2. working as a team, the man and his wife hired themselves out as domestics for wealthy homeowners

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Origin and Etymology of domestic



DOMESTIC Defined for English Language Learners

domestic

adjective

Definition of domestic for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of domestic for English Language Learners

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

  • : a fight between members of a family or household


DOMESTIC Defined for Kids

domestic

adjective do·mes·tic \ də-ˈme-stik \

Definition of domestic for Students

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

domestically

\-sti-kə-lē\ adverb

Law Dictionary

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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