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 domicil (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

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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.

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 In a second attempt to end its Anglo-Dutch dual structure, Unilever announced plans to make London its sole legal domicile. The Economist, "Business this week," 11 June 2020 Florida must become your permanent domicile (or residence), not just a seasonal or second home. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Places to Retire in Florida," 28 Apr. 2020 Mindful Wealth Pte, a $600 million asset manager, is one convert, electing to re-domicile one of its funds from the Bahamas to Singapore., "Singapore Woos World’s Biggest Money Managers With New Law," 8 May 2020 Fictional viruses spread across the world in a matter of days, turning domiciles into cairns and highways into parking lots, lined with cars filled with corpses that may or may not eat your face off. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Flesh-eating apocalyptic films and shows didn’t prepare us for this pandemic’s horror," 2 Apr. 2020 Blomme's husband and two children live in Dane County, but Blomme says his domicile is a home the couple also owns near North 68th and West Burleigh streets in Milwaukee. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brett Blomme defeats Walker apointee Paul Dedinsky for Branch 5 Milwaukee County judge," 13 Apr. 2020 The government of India issued a notification on April 1 changing the decades-old domicile law of the region. Riyaz Wani, Quartz India, "India’s new domicile law for Jammu & Kashmir is making residents anxious," 6 Apr. 2020 Brett Blomme's husband and two children live in Dane County but Blomme says his domicile is a home the couple also owns near North 68th and West Burleigh streets in Milwaukee. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In race with questions about true residency, 2 challengers seek to unseat Scott Walker court appointee," 14 Feb. 2020 This historic domicile can be found on 416 Clark St., Cincinnati, OH 45203. Madeline Northup,, "10 places with a big dose of history in Cincinnati," 16 Jan. 2020 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., "Singapore Woos World’s Biggest Money Managers With New Law," 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, "You Should Politicize the Coronavirus," 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, "Tax Reform’s Remedy for Outsourcing," 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, "French Winemakers Are Angry About Trump’s Tariffs. American Importers Are Even Angrier," 10 Jan. 2020 For centuries, a vast range of African art has been domiciled outside the continent. Oluwatosin Adeshokan, Quartz Africa, "How a new museum in Lagos with art fit for a prince hopes to inspire and educate," 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, "Why One of Asia’s Richest Men Is Buying a British Pub Business Right Before Brexit," 24 Aug. 2019 This again indicates that Ford travelled to North Carolina because Williamson was—his attorneys will contend—domiciled there. Michael Mccann,, "The Technicality That Could Derail Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 27 Sep. 2019 There is no dispute that Ford is a citizen of Florida and is domiciled there. Michael Mccann,, "The Technicality That Could Derail Zion Williamson's Lawsuit," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Domicile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of domicile

law : the place where you live : your home


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.

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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