domestic animal

  1. an animal, as the horse or cat, that has been tamed and kept by humans as a work animal, food source, or pet, especially a member of those species that have, through selective breeding, become notably different from their wild ancestors.

Origin of domestic animal

First recorded in 1850–55

Words Nearby domestic animal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use domestic animal in a sentence

  • And there is no domestic animal or fowl, whose habits require grain, whether whole or ground, that is not fond of it.

    Soil Culture | J. H. Walden
  • No domestic animal except the dog develops so much affection for its master as a goose will if it is permitted to do so.

    Our Domestic Birds | John H. Robinson