do·​mi·​cile | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsī(-ə)l How to pronounce domicile (audio) , ˈdō- How to pronounce domicile (audio) ; ˈdä-mə-sil \
variants: or less commonly domicil \ ˈdä-​mə-​səl How to pronounce domicile (audio) \

Definition of domicile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 sense 2b


domiciled; domiciling

Definition of domicile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to establish in or provide with a domicile the state where the decedent was domiciled

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.

Examples of domicile in a Sentence

Noun You will need to report your change of domicile to your insurance company. Students must establish a domicile in the state to be eligible for reduced tuition. Verb the university domiciles students in a variety of buildings in and around its urban campus
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Among the first net zero homes in the nation’s capital, this domicile is designed to meet DOE Energy Star for homes requirements. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 In addition, state income taxes will be owed in the player’s state of domicile and to many other states in which the player has played a game that year, if the state has an income tax as all except nine do... James Freeman, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 Also note that Netflix’s password-sharing rules apply to individuals in a customer’s household — not the physical confines of a domicile. Todd Spangler, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 Yes, the camel lives behind a truck stop, which is an unusual domicile for a camel but probably not unprecedented. The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 The Philadelphia domicile represents about 900 pilots. Ted Reed, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 The switch to a one-home domicile was made by floral and party designer Robert Isabell, who bought it for $800,000 in 1992. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 The domicile is usually where the principal place of business resides. Allbusiness, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Meeting Thursday in Dallas, the 20-member board of directors of the Allied Pilots Association voted 17-2, with one abstention, to endorse a resolution passed on Sept. 7 by its Philadelphia domicile. Ted Reed, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb By having more funds domiciled in Singapore, the government hopes to not only attract more cash, but also jobs in the legal and accounting sectors., 8 May 2020 The current crisis might instead prompt us to ask whether companies domiciled in tax havens have any right to come crying to governments for a handout. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 1 May 2020 That wasn’t the case five years ago when AbbVie sought to reduce its tax bill by merging with Shire, which was domiciled in Ireland where the corporate rate is 12.5% and intellectual property is taxed at 6.25%. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 June 2019 That levy, collected at the end of December, falls heavily on American giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, which have frequently been criticized for sidestepping local taxes by domiciling core operations in lower-tax nations. Vivienne Walt, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2020 For centuries, a vast range of African art has been domiciled outside the continent. Oluwatosin Adeshokan, Quartz Africa, 7 Mar. 2020 Li, worth some $30 billion as of June, started to reduce his risk in Hong Kong over 30 years ago by re-domiciling his principal holding company in Bermuda well before the U.K. handed its colony back to China in 1999. Geoffrey Smith, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2019 This again indicates that Ford travelled to North Carolina because Williamson was—his attorneys will contend—domiciled there. Michael Mccann,, 27 Sep. 2019 There is no dispute that Ford is a citizen of Florida and is domiciled there. Michael Mccann,, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of domicile


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for domicile

Noun and Verb

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

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“Domicile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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do·​mi·​cile | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl How to pronounce domicile (audio) \

Kids Definition of domicile

: a place where someone lives


do·​mi·​cile | \ ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl, ˈdō- How to pronounce domicile (audio) \

Legal Definition of domicile

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


transitive verb
domiciled; domiciling

Legal Definition of domicile (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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 domiciledU.S. Code any state in which a corporation is domiciled— L. H. Tribe

History and Etymology for domicile


Latin domicilium dwelling place, home

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