do·​mes·​tic·​i·​ty | \ˌdō-ˌmes-ˈti-sə-tē, -məs-;ˌdä-\
plural domesticities

Definition of domesticity 

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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Until this point, the cinematography — for all its brutal intimacy — has nurtured a coolness and distance that has isolated Tara from the rambunctious domesticity around her. New York Times, "Review: A Married Woman Longs for ‘The Escape’," 10 May 2018 Natal planets in the Fourth House reveal an individual’s relationship with the maternal figure, as well as their unique outlook on domesticity. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 The two characters literally sit on Bean’s shoulders, urging her alternately to embrace romance or adventure, domesticity or battle. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 Jack-Jack, voiced by Eli Fucile, and Bob, voiced by Craig T. Nelson Photo: Disney?Pixar In entertainment terms, Bob’s enforced domesticity opens the way for the creation of a new star who may be the answer to a media conglomerate’s prayer. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Incredibles 2’ Review: Settling for Less," 14 June 2018 Miranda is trying to be a certain type of woman, a woman who projects a traditional type of domesticity, to hide her flaws in that arena from Steve. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Sex and the City Edition," 6 June 2018 As a successful journalist living in New York, MacNicol is aware of the privilege that has allowed her to find fulfillment in work and friendship rather than conventional domesticity. Joanna Scutts,, "Childless, single, 40: Why is it a problem?," 12 July 2018 This design makes sense, as the front door is typically not used for entry these days, but as a marker of domesticity. Anthony Alofsin, The Atlantic, "A Defense of the Suburbs," 6 June 2018 But the Strip still looms large, and this newfound domesticity doesn’t mean that the Golden Knights haven’t leaned into the city’s glitzy side. Charlotte Wilder,, "Golden Knights' Stanley Cup Run Sheds Light on the Vegas Locals Wish You Saw," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of domesticity

1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of domesticity

: life inside a home : the activities of a family or of the people who share a home

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