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Webster 1913 Edition


Domestic

Do-mes′tic

,
Adj.
[L.
domesticus
, fr.
domus
use: cf. F.
domestique
. See 1st
Dome
.]
1.
Of or pertaining to one’s house or home, or one's household or family; relating to home life;
as,
domestic
concerns, life, duties, cares, happiness, worship, servants
.
His fortitude is the more extraordinary, because his
domestic
feelings were unusually strong.
Macaulay.
4.
Of or pertaining to a nation considered as a family or home, or to one's own country; intestine; not foreign;
as, foreign wars and
domestic
dissensions
.
Shak.
3.
Remaining much at home; devoted to home duties or pleasures;
as, a
domestic
man or woman
.
4.
Living in or near the habitations of man; domesticated; tame as distinguished from wild;
as,
domestic
animals
.
5.
Made in one's own house, nation, or country;
as,
domestic
manufactures, wines, etc.

Do-mes′tic

,
Noun.
1.
One who lives in the family of an other, as hired household assistant; a house servant.
The master labors and leads an anxious life, to secure plenty and ease to the
domestic
.
V. Knox.
2.
pl.
(Com.)
Articles of home manufacture, especially cotton goods.
[U. S.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Domestic

DOMESTIC

,
Adj.
[L., a house.]
1.
Belonging to the house, or home; pertaining to ones place of residence, and to the family; as domestic concerns; domestic life; domestic duties; domestic affairs; domestic contentions; domestic happiness; domestic worship.
2.
Remaining much at home; living in retirement; as a domestic man or woman.
3.
Living near the habitations of man; tame; not wild; as domestic animals.
4.
Pertaining to a nation considered as a family, or to ones own country; intestine; not foreign; as domestic troubles; domestic dissensions.
5.
Made in ones own house, nation or country; as domestic manufactures.

DOMESTIC

,
Noun.
One who lives in the family of another, as a chaplain or secretary. Also, a servant or hired laborer, residing with a family.

Definition 2022


domestic

domestic

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Adjective

domestic (comparative more domestic, superlative most domestic)

  1. Of or relating to the home.
    • 1994, George Whitmore, Getting Rid of Robert in Violet Quill:
      “Dan’s not as domestic as you," I commented rather nastily.
  2. Of or relating to activities normally associated with the home, wherever they actually occur.
    domestic violence;  domestic hot water
  3. (of an animal) Kept by someone, for example as a farm animal or a pet.
    • 1890, US Bureau of Animal Industry, Annual report v 6/7, 1889/90
      It shall be the duty of any owner or person in charge of any domestic animal or animals.
  4. Internal to a specific country.
    • 1996, Robert O. Keohane, Helen V. Milner, Internationalization and Domestic Politics:
      The proportion of international economic flows relative to domestic ones.
    • 2013 August 3, Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.

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Noun

domestic (plural domestics)

  1. A house servant; a maid; a household worker.
    • Mary Romero, Maid in the U.S.A. - New standards of cleanliness increased the workload for domestics.
  2. A domestic dispute, whether verbal or violent
    • 2005: Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence in Whatcom County (read on the Whatcom County website at[] on 20 May 2006) - The number of “verbal domestics” (where law enforcement determines that no assault has occurred and where no arrest is made), decreased significantly.

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Romanian

Etymology

Borrowing from French domestique, Latin domesticus. Largely replaced earlier dumesnic.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /doˈmes.tik/

Adjective

domestic m, n (feminine singular domestică, masculine plural domestici, feminine and neuter plural domestice)

  1. domestic (of or relating to the home)
  2. (of animals) domestic

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Synonyms

  • (of or related to the house): casnic

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