domestic partner


Definition of domestic partner

1 : a company especially in a developing country that joins in a commercial venture with an international company
2 : either one of an unmarried heterosexual or homosexual cohabiting couple especially when considered as to eligibility for spousal benefits

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Other Words from domestic partner

domestic partnership noun

Examples of domestic partner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors say a vehicle owned by Okon’s domestic partner was seen at the airport during the theft at JFK on Tuesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "2nd man arrested in $250,000 JFK Airport heist," 30 Sep. 2019 With help from colleague Dane Wells and activist Steven Goldstein, terminally ill New Jersey detective Laurel Hester fights for pension benefits for her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 The cause was hypertension and diabetes, said his domestic partner, Lloyce West. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 22 Oct. 2019 Okon used his domestic partner's vehicle to drive to JFK and pick up the bag of cash from Thorpe, according to the complaint. Taylor Romine And Rob Frehse, CNN, "A second person was arrested in $250,000 theft at JFK International," 30 Sep. 2019 When bureaucratic red tape prevents him from naming his children as life insurance beneficiaries, a firefighter asks his buddy to pose as his domestic partner. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019," 22 Sep. 2019 It was owned by Hudson and previously by her now-deceased domestic partner. Larry Barszewski,, "Pricey swag and sloppy bookkeeping at tourism office worries county leaders," 3 Dec. 2019 There were about eight Fortune 500 companies that provided domestic partner benefits in 1993. Nick Lehr, Quartz at Work, "The unique role corporations played in the fight for LGBTQ rights," 18 Nov. 2019 In the wake of Fraser’s death, her uncle George Mason advocated for a law to require law enforcement officers to use an 11-question assessment to determine whether a person is at risk of being harmed by a domestic partner. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Domestic violence prevention a focus of more than $29 million in federal grants for northern Ohio agencies," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of domestic partner

1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Domestic partner.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of domestic partner

US, formal : a person you live with and have a sexual relationship with but are not married to

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