do·​mes·​tic·​i·​ty | \ ˌdō-ˌme-ˈsti-sə-tē How to pronounce domesticity (audio) , -mə-; 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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Outwardly, Lina is living a life of perfect domesticity: husband, home, children. Bryn Greenwood, Washington Post, "Lisa Taddeo’s ‘Three Women’ examines the way men’s actions shape female desire," 8 July 2019 Life at base camp is an odd mix of mundane domesticity, logistical challenges, and the occasional flash of life-or-death drama. National Geographic, "Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp," 16 May 2019 There’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019 Stein projected her own domesticity with Alice B. Toklas onto Anthony and her partner. Mark Swed,, "Before ‘Hamilton,’ 100 years of American music theater and how it’s told the story of who we are," 29 June 2018 In part, this has to do with subject matter—with the way adultery and its associations (fidelity, betrayal, trust, unity, domesticity) became useful metaphors for larger issues. Daniel Mendelsohn, Town & Country, "How Infidelity Helped Create the Novel," 2 May 2019 Aries is the sign that overlooks your house of domesticity. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 But there's something deeper and much more solid in their relationship this season and even just having those quiet moments of domesticity and seeing Jamie and Claire creating this home and building this house. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "Outlander's Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe on Season 4, 'Passionate' Fans, and Wedding Planning," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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

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

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