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

aboriginal, born, endemic, indigenous, native

Synonyms: Noun

flunky (also flunkey), lackey, menial, retainer, servant, slavey, steward

Antonyms: Adjective

nonindigenous, nonnative

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

But the unmistakable conclusion about Trump’s week abroad is how the president has inserted himself in European domestic politics — first over that controversial German pipeline, and then his critical comments about May. Chuck Todd, NBC News, "Worst fears realized in Trump's overseas trip — and it's not over yet," 13 July 2018 Since the beginning of the year, Merrillville Police Department has recorded two ambulance calls and five domestic disturbance calls at the location, Chief Joseph Petruch said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Merrillville Planned Parenthood sees protests, but no harassment like that cited for Fort Wayne branch closure," 13 July 2018 The famed Italian centre back arrived at I Rossoneri just last summer in a deal which created the biggest shockwaves as Bonucci arrived from domestic rivals Juventus. SI.com, "AC Milan Could Be Forced to Sell Captain Leonardo Bonucci Amid Club's FFP Woes," 13 July 2018 Brexit negotiations–a monumental task under the best of circumstances–will now have to contend with the open dysfunction not just of internal E.U. politics but domestic U.K. politics as well. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The United Kingdom’s ‘Brexit Dream’ has Become a Waking Nightmare," 12 July 2018 Despite a growing domestic oil industry, the U.S. imported more than 10 million barrels of oil daily last year, about a third of it coming from OPEC nations. Rob Jackson, Scientific American, "Relaxing Vehicle-Efficiency Standards Is a Truly Dangerous Idea," 12 July 2018 In many ways, the oil business in the U.S. has never been better, with domestic producers in a growing number of states churning out barrels of crude in record numbers. Rob Nikolewski, sandiegouniontribune.com, "California's ranking as an oil-producing state is slipping," 12 July 2018 The average domestic, round-trip airfare from Charlotte averaged $412 last year, almost 20 percent above the national average. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte’s airport manages ‘tricky balance’ between low-cost hub and fancy new gates," 12 July 2018 Online court records indicate Seay was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 after pleading guilty to charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree domestic assault, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Man ‘running naked’ broke into a home, Missouri cops say, and then he tried again," 12 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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