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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domestic partnership noun

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Relatives or domestic partners were responsible for 40% of the women killed in the workplace. Washington Post, "Shootings raise level of alarm at small businesses," 21 Aug. 2019 She is survived by her domestic partner Margarita Alvarez, three sons, Francisco, Reynoldo and Gilberto, and her brother Robert Ruiz. Georgia Slater,, "Rosie Ruiz, Known for Cheating to Win Boston Marathon in 1980, Dies at 66," 9 Aug. 2019 According to the obituary, she is survived by her domestic partner, Margarita Alvarez, and a brother, Robert Ruiz. NBC News, "Rosie Ruiz, Boston Marathon course-cutter, dies at 66," 9 Aug. 2019 Survivors include her domestic partner, Margarita Alvarez; three sons, Francisco, Reynoldo and Gilberto; and her brother, Robert Ruiz. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Rosie Ruiz, Who Faked Victory in Boston Marathon, Dies at 66," 8 Aug. 2019 According to the funeral home, Ms. Vivas leaves Margarita Alvarez, her domestic partner; Alvarez’s sons, Francisco, Reynaldo, and Gilberto; and Ms. Vivas’s brother, Robert Ruiz. Globe Staff,, "As in life, apparent death of Rosie Ruiz shrouded in a bit of mystery," 7 Aug. 2019 His domestic partner, Rabab Diab, could not swim but survived when a nearby fisherman threw her a life preserver. Susan Scutti, CNN, "California man who drove autistic sons and wife off pier charged with murder," 18 July 2019 Vivas's obituary said she is survived by her brother Robert Ruiz, her domestic partner Margarita Alvarez and their three sons. Jenna West,, "Rosie Ruiz, 1980 Boston Marathon Cheat, Dies at Age 66," 8 Aug. 2019 For the older attackers, spouses or domestic partners were the most likely to spot them. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Even with ‘red flags’ in their youth, mass shooters often slip through the cracks," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of domestic partner

1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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