domestic partner

plural domestic partners

Definition of domestic partner

1 : a company especially in a developing country that joins in a commercial venture with an international company
2 : either member of an unmarried 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 He is survived by Peter Olsen, his domestic partner. New York Times, "Jack Lenor Larsen, Innovative Textile Designer, Dies at 93," 23 Dec. 2020 Their relationship was pragmatic, not romantic: Tanisha needed a home, and Patrick wanted a domestic partner. Justine Van Der Leun, The New Republic, "“No Choice but to Do It”: Why Women Go to Prison," 17 Dec. 2020 Investigators accuse her of shooting her domestic partner, Frederick Davis, on the night of July 22 in the 1900 block of N. Derbigny Street in the 7th Ward and lying about it. Matt Sledge,, "4 men face life sentences after New Orleans grand jury indictments for murder, rape," 10 Dec. 2020 Harvard University professor David Hemenway said there is overwhelming evidence that buying a gun greatly increases a household’s risk of suicide, shooting accidents and violence against a domestic partner. NBC News, "Gun sales to first-time buyers skyrocket amid fears of 'bloody' election and unrest," 15 Oct. 2020 Also: Police arrest a man suspected of killing his domestic partner Sunday in Livermore. Kellie Hwang,, "Bay Briefing: PG&E moves forward with power shut-offs," 8 Sep. 2020 Ralph Lauren is also working with a few other domestic partners, such as Hanes, which donated some of the materials being used. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Ralph Lauren jumped into the coronavirus fight to make medical masks and gowns," 7 Apr. 2020 Note who is not included in this list: the decedent’s domestic partner; best friend; or the person to whom the decedent gave verbal instructions. Virginia Hammerle, Dallas News, "Three things to do on the death of a loved one," 10 Apr. 2020 Employees can take the leave in chunks that are at minimum two weeks to care for an ill spouse, domestic partner, parent or stepparent, or 18-and-under child or stepchild. Fortune, "Exclusive: Levi’s introduces paid family leave for workers," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of domestic partner

1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Domestic partner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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