domicile

noun
do·mi·cile | \ˈdä-mə-ˌsī(-ə)l, ˈdō-;ˈdä-mə-sil \
variants: or less commonly domicil \ˈdäm-ə-səl \

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

domicile

verb
domiciled; domiciling

Definition of domicile (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

law

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

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Domicile Has Latin Roots

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Later, Brown translated the general motif of domicile portraits into oil paintings — witness a rather crude 1889 picture of an Oregon farm that was no doubt cherished by the resident who commissioned it. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The Economist has taken the peak figures during or just before each firm’s regulatory showdown and compared that to the GDP of its country of domicile. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 Required: Current Florida driver's license or Florida ID card; and voter registration card or declaration of domicile. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deerfield and Pompano Beach area events, July 11-21," 10 July 2018 Much like Ex Machina, Tau is set in a house, the definitional domicile. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 Businesses took fright, with more than 3,000 companies moving their legal domicile outside Catalonia. The Economist, "Catalonia’s new president is a secessionist, like the previous one," 17 May 2018 The moon governs Cancer, so as a moon sign, Cancer is in its planetary domicile. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Moon Sign Reveals About Your Emotional Personality," 23 Apr. 2018 If these themes sound familiar, that's because this is your domicile, Scorpio darling. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 As one of Britain’s richest domiciles, his case would probably have been considered by the home secretary. The Economist, "Roman Abramovich’s visa woes signal a shift in British policy on Russia," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even saintly Canada prevented a $1bn takeover of a construction company, Aecon, by a Chinese firm in May. America’s security watchdogs recently kiboshed the takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom, a rival semiconductor firm then domiciled in Singapore. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 Xiaomi, which is domiciled in the Cayman Islands, earlier this month filed plans to float at least half its IPO in Shanghai. Stella Yifan Xie, WSJ, "Xiaomi Prices Hong Kong IPO at Bottom of Target Range," 29 June 2018 All that is needed, then, is to change the law to make all sales pay the applicable sales tax of the location where the seller is domiciled. WSJ, "Spare Us From the Internet Sales Tax Tsunami," 2 July 2018 Many large Chinese companies are domiciled in the Cayman Islands. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China’s Bringing Tech Back, With New Listing Rules Hammered Out," 7 June 2018 Current law allows college students and others who say they are domiciled in New Hampshire to vote without being official residents subject to residency requirements, such as getting a New Hampshire driver’s license or registering a vehicle. Holly Ramer, BostonGlobe.com, "State high court hears from 10 parties on voting rights bill," 31 May 2018 Tan said the company will return its headquarters to the U.S. from Singapore and the move to domicile the company would bring $20 billion in revenue into the country. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "The Highest Paid CEO on the S&P 500 Made 2,000 Times the Average U.S. Worker in 2017," 9 May 2018 SoftBank, a Japanese telecoms and tech firm, has set up a $100bn investment fund that is domiciled in London but mainly invests in Asia and America. The Economist, "Corporate citizens of somewhere," 22 Mar. 2018 Williams' challenge said the law requires a candidate to be domiciled in the city for at least a year prior to the date of qualifying. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell police chief re-elected; challenger ruled ineligible," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of domicile

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for domicile

Noun

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

Verb

see domicile entry 1

Noun

Latin domicilium dwelling place, home

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domicile

noun

English Language Learners Definition of domicile

law : the place where you live : your home

domicile

noun
do·mi·cile | \ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl \

Kids Definition of domicile

: a place where someone lives

domicile

noun
do·mi·cile | \ˈdä-mə-ˌsīl, ˈdō- \

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.

domicile

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

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