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Origin of domestic
historical usage of domestic
When the adjective domestic first appeared in English in the early 16th century, it meant “housed.” The sense “relating to one’s own country” dates to 1545, and Shakespeare was presumably the first to use domestic in the sense “relating to one’s home or family affairs.”
The noun domestic “something made in the home” dates from the first half of the 17th century. In the United States, in the first half of the 19th century, domestic developed the specific meaning “homemade cotton cloth.” Its plural domestics now means “household items made of cloth, such as sheets, towels, and tablecloths.”
Domus comes from the Proto-Indo-European root dem-, dom- (with variants) used to form a verb “to chop (wood), build" as well as the noun "a house.” Dom- is also the source of Greek dómos “house,” Sanskrit dáma- “house, building,” Slavic dom “house, home.” The variant dem- forms Greek démein “to build”; the suffixed root demro- becomes timra- in Germanic, whose derivative noun timram “building material, wood,” becomes timber in English.
The English word dome, “a vault, having a circular plan and usually in the shape of a portion of a sphere,” ultimately derives from Latin domus (Deī) “house (of God),” which becomes Italian duomo and German Dom, both meaning “cathedral.”
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Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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.
Supported by Washington, the domestic quota was cut from 90 days to 30.
Despite the financial remedy, partial repeal of the screen quota has imperiled the domestic market.
They found employment on the railroads, in lumber mills and salmon canneries, in mines and on farms, and in domestic service.Our Foreigners|Samuel P. Orth
A secondary result would be a considerable power development and a source of domestic water supply for southern California.State of the Union Addresses of Calvin Coolidge|Calvin Coolidge
Mother was of a determined disposition, and seldom failed to solve a domestic problem.
The alleged inheritance of the effects of use and disuse in our domestic animals must be very slow and slight.Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?|William Platt Ball
But where the domestic faculties are the strongest, the home is lonesome without children.A California Girl|Edward Eldridge