[ duh-mes-tik ]
/ dəˈmɛs tɪk /



Nearby words

  1. domenic,
  2. domenichino,
  3. domenico veneziano,
  4. domesday,
  5. domesday book,
  6. domestic animal,
  7. domestic commerce,
  8. domestic court,
  9. domestic fowl,
  10. domestic partner

Origin of domestic

1515–25; < Latin domesticus, derivative of domus house (see dome); replacing domestique < Middle French

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Examples from the Web for domestic

British Dictionary definitions for domestic


/ (dəˈmɛstɪk) /


of or involving the home or family
enjoying or accustomed to home or family life
(of an animal) bred or kept by man as a pet or for purposes such as the supply of food
of, produced in, or involving one's own country or a specific countrydomestic and foreign affairs


a household servant
informal (esp in police use) an incident of violence in the home, esp between a man and a woman
Derived Formsdomestically, adverb

Word Origin for domestic

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

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Word Origin and History for domestic



early 15c., from Middle French domestique (14c.) and directly from Latin domesticus "belonging to the household," from domus "house," from PIE *domo-/*domu- "house, household" (cf. Sanskrit damah "house;" Avestan demana- "house;" Greek domos "house," despotes "master, lord;" Latin dominus "master of a household;" Old Church Slavonic domu, Russian dom "house;" Lithuanian dimstis "enclosed court, property;" Old English timber "building, structure"), from *dem-/*dom- "build."

It represents the usual Indo-European word for "house" (Italian, Spanish casa are from Latin casa "cottage, hut;" Germanic *hus is of obscure origin). The noun meaning "household servant" is 1530s (a sense also found in Old French domestique). Domestics, originally "articles of home manufacture," is attested from 1620s. Related: Domestically. Domestic violence is attested from 19c. as "revolution and insurrection;" 1977 as "spouse abuse, violence in the home."

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