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or dom·i·cil

[dom-uh-sahyl, -suh l, doh-muh-]
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  1. a place of residence; abode; house or home.
  2. Law. a permanent legal residence.
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verb (used with object), dom·i·ciled, dom·i·cil·ing.
  1. to establish in a domicile.
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Origin of domicile

1470–80; < Middle French < Latin domicilium, perhaps equivalent to *domicol(a) (domi-, combining form of domus house + -cola dweller; see colonus) + -ium -ium
Related formsun·dom·i·ciled, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • People went in and came out, just as if it had been the domicile of no ghost.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 2, May, 1851


  • "Your future domicile," said Vagualame, showing the van to the bewildered Bobinette.

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • We will not trouble about his domicile, the Place will tell us that!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • Altogether, the Member is to be congratulated on his domicile.

  • I do not know, but as soon as I can discover her name and domicile, I propose to propose.

British Dictionary definitions for domicile


domicil (ˈdɒmɪˌsɪl)

  1. a dwelling place
  2. a permanent legal residence
  3. British commerce the place where a bill of exchange is to be paid
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verb Also: domiciliate (ˌdɒmɪˈsɪlɪˌeɪt)
  1. to establish or be established in a dwelling place
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin domicilium, from domus house
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Word Origin and History for domicile


mid-15c., from Middle French domicile (14c.), from Latin domicilium, perhaps from domus "house" (see domestic) + colere "to dwell" (see colony). As a verb, it is first attested 1809. Related: Domiciled; domiciliary.

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