domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : living near or about human habitations domestic vermin
b : tame, domesticated the domestic cat
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country and especially one's own country domestic politics domestic wines domestic manufacturing all debts foreign and domestic
3 : of or relating to the household or the family domestic chores domestic happiness
4 : devoted to home duties and pleasures leading a quietly domestic life
5 : indigenous a domestic species

domestic

noun

Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a servant hired to work for a household Her grandmother worked as a domestic.
2 : an article (such as a rug or blanket) manufactured within one's own country or for use in a household : an article of domestic (see domestic entry 1 sense 2) manufacture usually used in plural

Other Words from domestic

Adjective

domestically \ də-​ˈme-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce domestic (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for domestic

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of domestic in a Sentence

Adjective The company hopes to attract both foreign and domestic investors. the surest way to maintain domestic peace and harmony is to have everyone pitch in on chores Noun She got in a domestic with her husband. working as a team, the man and his wife hired themselves out as domestics for wealthy homeowners
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective After their failed attempt to overturn a presidential election perceived as stolen, domestic extremists retreated to their backyards. NBC News, 4 Jan. 2022 One progressive operative pointed to Biden’s principal advisers who continue to describe the soaring ambition of his domestic agenda as a middle-class tax cut. Kara Voght, The New Republic, 4 Jan. 2022 Moore also does not want his work, and those of other confidential informants who put their lives on the line to help expose domestic extremists, to have been in vain. Jason Dearen, ajc, 23 Dec. 2021 Moore also does not want his work, and those of other confidential informants who put their lives on the line to help expose domestic extremists, to have been in vain. Jason Dearen, chicagotribune.com, 22 Dec. 2021 Moore also does not want his work, and those of other confidential informants who put their lives on the line to help expose domestic extremists, to have been in vain. Jason Dearen, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Dec. 2021 More:Joe Manchin tanked the centerpiece of Biden's domestic agenda. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 21 Dec. 2021 Schumer's move to force votes on the Senate floor would dare Manchin, and the other moderate Democratic holdout, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, to take a public vote against the package on which Biden has staked much of his domestic agenda. Allison Pecorin, ABC News, 20 Dec. 2021 With his entire domestic agenda teetering on the edge, Biden found himself that overcast Sunday morning haggling over breakfast and coffee with Manchin. Kevin Liptak, Phil Mattingly And Kaitlan Collins, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun New Lenox police said a second person, who tried to intervene in the domestic, was battered and taken to the hospital for their injuries. Alicia Fabbre, chicagotribune.com, 20 Dec. 2021 Claude Humphrey was born on June 29, 1944, in Memphis, a son of Dosie Humphrey, a school maintenance engineer, and Millie Hayes Humphrey, who worked as a domestic. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2021 That included $135 million in China (+70% from Godzilla and -25% from Skull Island) and $110 million domestic on a $180 million budget. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2021 The Millennial tendency to dabble in the domestic is now, essentially, many people’s full-time job. Angela Lashbrook, refinery29.com, 12 Jan. 2021 Her mother was a domestic who was home only one day a week; her stepfather was a longshoreman. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 One of nine children, he was raised by his mother, Era, who supported the family by working as a domestic. New York Times, 7 Dec. 2020 The rub was that Gamgort saw no way his domestic can suppliers could possibly make enough of them. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 19 Oct. 2020 In 1936 Fred married twenty-three-year-old Mary Anne MacLeod, recently arrived from Scotland as a domestic. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of domestic

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for domestic

Adjective and Noun

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

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The first known use of domestic was in the 15th century

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11 Jan 2022

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“Domestic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/domestic. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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domestic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of domestic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or made in your own country
: relating to or involving someone's home or family
: relating to the work (such as cooking and cleaning) that is done in a person's home

domestic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of domestic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a servant who is hired to work in someone's home : a domestic servant
: a fight between members of a family or household

domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈme-stik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Kids Definition of domestic

1 : relating to a household or a family domestic life
2 : relating to, made in, or done in a person's own country The president spoke about both foreign and domestic issues.
3 : living with or under the care of human beings : tame domestic animals

Other Words from domestic

domestically \ -​sti-​kə-​lē \ adverb

domestic

adjective
do·​mes·​tic | \ də-ˈmes-tik How to pronounce domestic (audio) \

Legal Definition of domestic

1 : of or relating to the household or family a domestic servant domestic relations — see also family court
2 : of, relating to, or originating within a country or state and especially one's own country or state the state has personal jurisdiction over domestic corporations — compare foreign, municipal

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