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domicile

noun do·mi·cile \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsī(-ə)l , ˈdō- ; ˈdä-mə-sil \
variants: or less commonly domicil play \ˈdäm-ə-səl\
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of domicile

1 : a dwelling place : place of residence : home
2 law
a : a person's fixed, permanent, and principal home for legal purposes
  • Report your change of domicile.
b business : residence 2b

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Examples of domicile in a Sentence

  1. You will need to report your change of domicile to your insurance company.

  2. Students must establish a domicile in the state to be eligible for reduced tuition.

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domicile Has Latin Roots

Domicile traces to Latin domus, meaning "home," and English speakers have been using it as a word for "home" since at least the 15th century. In the eyes of the law, a domicile can also be a legal residence, the address from which one registers to vote, licenses a car, and pays income tax. Wealthy people may have several homes in which they live at different times of the year, but only one of their homes can be their official domicile for all legal purposes.

Origin and Etymology of domicile

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin domicilium, from domus — see 1dome


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domicile

verb

Definition of domicile

domiciled; domiciling
transitive verb
law
: to establish in or provide with a domicile
  • the state where the decedent was domiciled

Examples of domicile in a Sentence

  1. the university domiciles students in a variety of buildings in and around its urban campus

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Origin and Etymology of domicile

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DOMICILE Defined for English Language Learners

domicile

noun

Definition of domicile for English Language Learners

  • law : the place where you live : your home


DOMICILE Defined for Kids

domicile

noun do·mi·cile \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl \

Definition of domicile for Students

: a place where someone lives

Law Dictionary

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domicile

noun do·mi·cile \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl, ˈdō- \

legal Definition of domicile

1 : the place where an individual has a fixed and permanent home for legal purposes called also legal residence
2 : the place where an organization (as a corporation) is chartered or that is the organization's principal place of business — compare citizenship, residence
Note: The domicile of an individual or organization determines the proper jurisdiction and venue for legal process. The courts of a person's domicile have personal jurisdiction. For persons lacking capacity (as minors), domicile is often statutorily determined as the domicile of the guardian.

Origin and Etymology of domicile

Latin domicilium dwelling place, home


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domicile

transitive verb

legal Definition of domicile

domiciled; domiciling
: to establish in or provide with a domicile
  • an alien admitted to the United States for permanent residence shall be deemed a citizen of the State in which such alien is domiciled
  • U.S. Code
  • any state in which a corporation is domiciled
  • —L. H. Tribe


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