domestic partner


plural domestic partners
: a company especially in a developing country that joins in a commercial venture with an international company
: either member of an unmarried cohabiting couple especially when considered as to eligibility for spousal benefits
domestic partnership noun

Examples of domestic partner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ask about the maximum amount the policy will pay out and if the benefits can be shared by a domestic partner or spouse. Jordan Rau, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 California’s red flag law enables family members, domestic partners, fearful exes, co-workers and teachers to report someone who’s acting scary — maybe threatening to shoot up a place. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 My domestic partner has been a contractor at my 50-person workplace for a year. Karla L. Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2023 An opioid overdose may be related to the fact that the pregnant person was forced to quit cold turkey during pregnancy and relapsed after; a suicide could be attributed to postpartum depression; a homicide may be the result of a fight with a domestic partner about the pregnancy. Annalisa Merelli, STAT, 11 July 2023 Domestic violence in Indiana:Indiana killings of domestic partners up 180% during pandemic. The Indianapolis Star, 10 July 2023 The list includes spouses or domestic partners, siblings, adult children and grandchildren, parents, and an adult relative or close friend — in many cases, the people who brought in the patient for care in the first place. Mark Kreidler, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Feb. 2023 The names of former and current employers, children and spouses and domestic partners could also have been downloaded. WSJ, 22 June 2023 Another challenge is to find the companies to cover that part of the budget that has to be covered by domestic partners. Andrew Das, New York Times, 24 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of domestic partner was in 1975

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“Domestic partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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