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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Photo: Getty Images Ford and GM build most of their cars for the Chinese market through joint ventures with domestic partners, thus avoiding tariffs. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "Ford Sales Plummet in China, and New Tariff Hit Is Yet to Come," 11 July 2018 Daimler AG is spending 655 million euros ($764 million) to make Mercedes EVs with a domestic partner., "Jaguar Land Rover Promises a Made-in-China Electric Car Soon," 27 June 2018 She is survived by her domestic partner, Arnold Seifer, her brother, John C. Pickering and his wife, Dorothy, of New London, nieces Mary (Jeffrey) Fritsch and Susan Torres, of California, nephews Michael (Beatriz) of Spain and John of Connecticut., "Judith A. Pickering," 15 June 2018 That suit helped lead the city to extend health benefits to domestic partners in 1994. Neil Genzlinger,, "Connie Kurtz, 81, gay rights advocate," 2 June 2018 Most participating spouses and domestic partners find positions, the company says. Joann S. Lublin, WSJ, "To Help Women Advance, Their Trailing Spouses Get Job-Hunting Aid," 8 Mar. 2018 Schneiderman's news release promoting the bill highlighted how strangulation is one of the most common, and fatal, forms of abuse among domestic partners. Eric Levenson, CNN, "The many ways Eric Schneiderman, alleged abuser, publicly promoted women's rights," 9 May 2018 Foreign banks and asset managers, formerly limited to 49% stakes in joint ventures with domestic partners, can now own up to 51%—to be raised to 100% in three years. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "UBS Applies for Control of China Joint Venture," 3 May 2018 You and your spouse should do everything possible to get to know the domestic partner. Amy Dickinson,, "Grandparents worry about toddler's welfare," 1 May 2018

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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

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

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to gather or build up little by little

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