do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : living near or about human habitations domestic vermin
b : tame, domesticated the domestic cat
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country domestic politics domestic wines domestic manufacturing all debts foreign and domestic
3 : of or relating to the household or the family domestic chores domestic happiness
4 : devoted to home duties and pleasures leading a quietly domestic life
5 : indigenous a domestic species



Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a servant hired to work for a household Her grandmother worked as a domestic.
2 : an article (such as a rug or blanket) manufactured within one's own country or for use in a household : an article of domestic (see domestic entry 1 sense 2) manufacture usually used in plural

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domestically \ də-​ˈme-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce domestic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for domestic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of domestic in a Sentence

Adjective The company hopes to attract both foreign and domestic investors. the surest way to maintain domestic peace and harmony is to have everyone pitch in on chores Noun She got in a domestic with her husband. working as a team, the man and his wife hired themselves out as domestics for wealthy homeowners
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Such pauses wouldn't be reflected in the Gun Violence Archive data, which doesn't distinguish domestic and gang shootings from more public incidents. NBC News, "Gun violence is up. It's been up for more than a year.," 26 Apr. 2021 Biden signed executive actions that elevated the importance of science in federal policymaking and that called on federal agencies to make climate change and environmental justice a priority in domestic and foreign policy decision-making. Ben Gittleson, ABC News, "Biden's 1st 100 days: Promises kept, broken, or in progress," 26 Apr. 2021 Across both domestic and long-haul travel, American Airlines Group Inc. remains the world’s largest flier. Benjamin Katz, WSJ, "How Qatar Airways, With Its Covid-19 Playbook, Dethroned Emirates as Biggest Long-Haul Airline," 25 Apr. 2021 America’s criminal justice system too often fails to protect victims of domestic and family violence from their abusers — even when the warning signs are obvious. Washington Post, "Before Austin shooting, suspect’s family pleaded for more protection: ‘I’m afraid he might hurt me’," 22 Apr. 2021 But domestic and international pressure in recent years has begun to push the county in a different direction. Los Angeles Times, "The U.S. is the biggest carbon emitter in history. Where do other nations stand?," 22 Apr. 2021 The projects, however, will be funded only if Congress reaches agreement on the dozen annual spending bills and the total levels of domestic and military spending. New York Times, "Senate Republicans Shun Earmarks, Embracing Spending Restraint Anew," 22 Apr. 2021 The Super League table would have included the reigning champions of the English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, and Italian Serie A – together, the 12 clubs account for dozens of titles on the domestic and international level. Sarah Keohane Williamson, Forbes, "A Lesson In Stakeholder Capitalism From The Failed Super League," 21 Apr. 2021 Mondale traveled extensively on Carter’s behalf and advised him on domestic and foreign affairs. Rich Barak, ajc, "BREAKING: Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter’s vice president, dies at 93," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That included $135 million in China (+70% from Godzilla and -25% from Skull Island) and $110 million domestic on a $180 million budget. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "How A ‘Shazam Vs. Black Adam’ Movie Might Trump ‘Batman V Superman’," 15 Apr. 2021 The Millennial tendency to dabble in the domestic is now, essentially, many people’s full-time job. Angela Lashbrook,, "How The Pandemic Made Us Obsessed With Our Homes," 12 Jan. 2021 Her mother was a domestic who was home only one day a week; her stepfather was a longshoreman. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, "The Plague Year," 28 Dec. 2020 One of nine children, he was raised by his mother, Era, who supported the family by working as a domestic. New York Times, "Dick Allen, 78, Dies; Baseball Slugger Withstood Bigotry," 7 Dec. 2020 The rub was that Gamgort saw no way his domestic can suppliers could possibly make enough of them. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Keurig is a machine: How the beverage giant is leveraging A.I. to fuel growth," 19 Oct. 2020 In 1936 Fred married twenty-three-year-old Mary Anne MacLeod, recently arrived from Scotland as a domestic. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 The growth of its domestic over the top business is robust. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Lionsgate Swings to Quarterly Profit Amid Pandemic," 6 Aug. 2020 Her father was an oil field worker, her mother a domestic. Richard Sandomir,, "Ola Mae Spinks, who helped preserve a slave archive, dies at 106," 10 July 2020

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First Known Use of domestic


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for domestic

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Middle French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus — see dome entry 1

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The first known use of domestic was in the 15th century

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29 Apr 2021

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“Domestic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made in your own country
: relating to or involving someone's home or family
: relating to the work (such as cooking and cleaning) that is done in a person's home



English Language Learners Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

old-fashioned : a servant who is hired to work in someone's home : a domestic servant
British, informal : a fight between members of a family or household


do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Kids Definition of domestic

1 : relating to a household or a family domestic life
2 : relating to, made in, or done in a person's own country The president spoke about both foreign and domestic issues.
3 : living with or under the care of human beings : tame domestic animals

Other Words from domestic

domestically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb


do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈmes-tik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Legal Definition of domestic

1 : of or relating to the household or family a domestic servant domestic relations — see also family court
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country or state and especially one's own country or state the state has personal jurisdiction over domestic corporations — compare foreign, municipal

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