domestic

adjective
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

domestic

noun

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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Other Words from domestic

Adjective

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for domestic

Synonyms: Adjective

familial, household

Synonyms: Noun

daily [British], flunky (also flunkey), lackey, menial, retainer, servant, slavey, steward

Antonyms: Adjective

nondomestic, nonfamilial

Antonyms: Noun

master, mistress

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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

Propane production in the U.S., particularly in Texas, has surged while domestic demand has been relatively flat and export terminals are overwhelmed. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "Fire Up the Grill: Propane Prices Have Tumbled," 9 July 2019 After the initial investigation into the domestic dispute, police said a patrol officer noticed the suspect’s car in the motel’s parking lot and obtained search and arrest warrants. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County police identify man killed in shootout with officers who shot his girlfriend," 8 July 2019 The pair took out restraining orders against each other that same month following a domestic dispute at the New Jersey home. Mackenzie Schmidt, PEOPLE.com, "RHONJ's Danielle Staub's Ex Re-Lists NJ Home Where She Has Been Living for $2.2 Million," 25 June 2019 Michelle Pruitt said officers were dispatched to the neighborhood on a report of a domestic dispute. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Shots fired in the air near police during domestic disturbance in east Birmingham," 24 June 2019 The intention might not be to go out and commit a crime but having a weapon during a conflict — perhaps a domestic dispute or a road rage incident — could make someone more inclined to use it, Halladay said. The Courier-Journal, "You no longer need a permit for concealed carry. What that means for gun-loving Kentucky," 24 June 2019 Questions were also asked about their decision to record a domestic dispute and then leak it to a newspaper, and a comparison was made to the behavior of Stasi informants. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Will Boris Johnson’s “Late-Night Altercation” Sink His Bid to Become Prime Minister?," 23 June 2019 Trump's defense chief pick quit after scrutiny around a domestic dispute. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: The campaign that never ended," 20 June 2019 Though the industry has blamed government regulations like the Clean Power Plan for making it noncompetitive, domestic demand for coal has fallen even without the Obama-era rule ever taking effect. Anna M. Phillips, latimes.com, "Trump moves to gut Obama climate policy and bolster the coal industry," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most black Southerners were initially barred from receiving Social Security, for example, because farmworkers and domestics were not included. Eric Schickler, Vox, "Debunking the myth that “identity politics” is bad for the Democratic Party," 21 Apr. 2018 The various domestics seasons will then begin their 2018/19 campaign in mid to late August. SI.com, "Fixtures Announced: Man Utd, Real Madrid & Barcelona Among Giants Heading to USA for Huge 2018 ICC," 18 Apr. 2018 Local newspaper reporters would travel with the team, dine with the team and sometimes have one too many cold domestics with the team. Amos Barshad, New York Times, "What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?," 21 Feb. 2018 Non-violent domestics, Rushton Road: Officers responded to a home at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 14 after a man reported his daughter, 18, had threatened him. Andy Attina / Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Officers break up sibling fight in Taco Bell parking lot: South Euclid Police Blotter," 24 Jan. 2018 Most came from working-class black women, mainly domestics, who made up nearly 70% of the bus ridership. Kirsten West Savali, The Root, "Rosa Parks, Recy Taylor and Gertrude Perkins Are Mothers of the #MeToo Movement," 8 Jan. 2018 Exotic woods like jatoba and tigerwood join the domestics of holly, walnut, birch and ash in details of the interior. Anne Raup, Anchorage Daily News, "Rocket Man: Bill Guernsey and his Atomic Camper," 28 Sep. 2016 My grandparents were all domestics, and there's no shame in that. Essence.com, "Natural Born Leader: Odyssey Media CEO Linda Spradley Dunn Is Making Sure Women Of Color Call The Shots," 30 Oct. 2017 But the flexibility of domestic as well as foreign customers is making gas production in the area more attractive to investors. Lynn Cook, WSJ, "An Old Fracking Hot Spot Makes a Comeback," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of domestic

Adjective

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

Noun

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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domestic

adjective

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

domestic

noun

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

domestic

adjective
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

domestic

adjective
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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