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[ duh-mes-tik ]


  1. of or relating to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family:

    domestic pleasures.

  2. devoted to home life or household affairs.
  3. no longer wild; domesticated; tame:

    domestic animals.

  4. of or relating to one's own or a particular country as apart from other countries:

    domestic trade.

  5. indigenous to or produced or made within one's own country; not foreign; native:

    domestic goods.


  1. a hired household servant.
  2. something produced or manufactured in one's own country.
  3. domestics, household items made of cloth, as sheets, towels, and tablecloths.


/ dəˈmɛstɪk /


  1. of or involving the home or family
  2. enjoying or accustomed to home or family life
  3. (of an animal) bred or kept by man as a pet or for purposes such as the supply of food
  4. of, produced in, or involving one's own country or a specific country

    domestic and foreign affairs


  1. a household servant
  2. informal.
    (esp in police use) an incident of violence in the home, esp between a man and a woman
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Derived Forms

  • doˈmestically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • do·mesti·cal·ly adverb
  • anti·do·mestic adjective
  • anti·do·mesti·cal·ly adverb
  • nondo·mestic adjective noun
  • nondo·mesti·cal·ly adverb
  • predo·mestic adjective
  • predo·mesti·cal·ly adverb
  • semi·do·mestic adjective
  • semi·do·mesti·cal·ly adverb
  • undo·mestic adjective
  • undo·mesti·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of domestic1

First recorded in 1515–25; from Latin domesticus, derivative of domus “house” ( dome ); replacing domestique, from Middle French
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Word History and Origins

Origin of domestic1

C16: from Old French domestique, from Latin domesticus belonging to the house, from domus house
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Example Sentences

She steps out onto the floor, and in a little gesture of domestic intimacy, takes the flower from her lapel and pins it to him.

The travel industry strongly opposes any domestic testing requirement.

McDonald and his colleagues tested these new interventions on 355 domestic cats in 219 households in England’s southwest.

The genomes of early cases in New Orleans closely resembled those found in a number of other states, and so it’s likely that the outbreak was seeded by domestic, not international, travel.

Even if you’re traveling domestic, schedule a test before and after your arrival.

Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.

Getting men to do their share of care and domestic work is a key overlooked strategy in reducing poverty.

But relative to centuries past, America is a marvel of domestic tranquility.

Despite the financial remedy, partial repeal of the screen quota has imperiled the domestic market.

Supported by Washington, the domestic quota was cut from 90 days to 30.

Each little family group had had its say and exchanged its domestic gossip earlier in the evening.

He must go to London, and take what indemnification he might in the domestic circle previously to starting.

A gaunt, hard-featured domestic completed this interesting family, and she was uncommon too.

It was a few days after the bursting of this domestic thunder-cloud, that Gilbert and Dorothy were thrown alone together.

The little glimpse of domestic harmony which had been offered her, gave her no regret, no longing.


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