domicile

noun
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

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

The second argument involved two separate cases from Arkansas and Tennessee where burglary statutes cover not only conventional residences but tents, recreational vehicles and other domiciles that can be transported. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh Hears First Cases as a Supreme Court Justice," 9 Oct. 2018 Venus enters Aries the same day, so use this time to focus on making your domicile a happy and relaxing place. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Whole home Wi-Fi coverage can be a tricky feat, especially if your domicile is a bit on the bigger side. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Destroy Wi-Fi Dead Zones with Today's Eero Sale," 12 Mar. 2019 Just as the crab carries its domicile on its back, Cancer Venus is happiest when building a partnership that feels like home. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 No doubt there will be tension in the idea of a wild domicile. Lisa Margonelli, WSJ, "‘Never Home Alone’ Review: The Critters Chez Nous," 28 Nov. 2018 The domicile originally belonged to Eleanor Coade, a remarkable entrepreneur, who would have topped the 18th century’s Forbes list of powerful business women if such a thing existed. Max Maeckler, Vogue, "You Can Rent a Pineapple Palace on the Airbnb For Historic Homes," 16 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, our business must remit out-of-state sales taxes to 24 different taxing districts, as well as the sales taxes to our domicile state. WSJ, "Is It Finally Time for an Internet Sales Tax?," 19 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 3 percent of the stocks in the Vanguard LifeStrategy and Target Retirement funds are domiciled in China. Erin Arvedlund, https://www.inquirer.com, "Vanguard’s China exposure: What does the trade war mean for fund investments?," 4 June 2019 Encrypted from end to end, domiciled in a country out of reach of subpoenas—and very easy to use—the app is among the top choices of people worried about snooping governments and malicious third parties. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "Facebook Data Scandal Raises Another Question: Can There Be Too Much Privacy?," 1 Apr. 2018 American firms that are domiciled in the U.S., many of whom incorporate in the state of Delaware, are typically required to host annual meetings. Steven Russolillo, WSJ, "Billionaire Founder Locked Up? JD.com’s Board Can’t Meet Without Its Mighty Boss," 6 Sep. 2018 Many of Lehman’s creditors couldn’t get paid back for years because much of the company’s capital was domiciled in Europe. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Lehman: Political and Personal," 9 Sep. 2018 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

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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 and Verb

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

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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 How to pronounce domicile (audio) \

Kids Definition of domicile

: a place where someone lives

domicile

noun
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.

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

History and Etymology for domicile

Noun

Latin domicilium dwelling place, home

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