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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How to use domestic in a sentence
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.Airports have taken steps to reduce coronavirus transmission but risks still remain, study says|Lori Aratani|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
McDonald and his colleagues tested these new interventions on 355 domestic cats in 219 households in England’s southwest.Meatier meals and more playtime might reduce cats’ toll on wildlife|Jonathan Lambert|February 11, 2021|Science News
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.Can Louisiana’s COVID surge trace back to one Mardi Gras reveler?|Philip Kiefer|February 11, 2021|Popular-Science
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.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.
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 World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
The little glimpse of domestic harmony which had been offered her, gave her no regret, no longing.