domesticity

noun

do·​mes·​tic·​i·​ty ˌdō-ˌme-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce domesticity (audio)
-mə-;
ˌdä-
plural domesticities
1
: the quality or state of being domestic or domesticated
2
: domestic activities or life
3
domesticities plural : domestic affairs

Examples of domesticity in a Sentence

We got married and settled into a life of comfortable domesticity.
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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of domesticity was in 1721

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“Domesticity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domesticity. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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domesticity

noun
do·​mes·​tic·​i·​ty ˌdō-ˌmes-ˈtis-ət-ē How to pronounce domesticity (audio)
-məs-,
də-
: the quality or state of being domestic or domesticated
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