of or relating to the home, the household, household affairs, or the family:
domestic pleasures.
devoted to home life or household affairs.
no longer wild; tame; :
domestic animals.
of or relating to one’s own or a particular country as apart from other countries:
domestic trade.
indigenous to or produced or made within one’s own country; not foreign; native:
domestic goods.
a hired household servant.
something produced or manufactured in one’s own country.
domestics, household items made of cloth, as sheets, towels, and tablecloths.
Contemporary Examples

Recognize the reality that it is us, men, who are solely responsible for domestic violence against women.
It’s Time for Men to Stand Up and Fight Domestic Violence Dean Obeidallah May 31, 2014

The congressional hearing on domestic drone use scheduled to happen today is the second in three months.
Why Drones Make Us Nervous Josh Dzieza May 16, 2013

Currently, our lawmakers are not doing enough to protect women from domestic gun violence.
Use Your Vote to Take Stand Against Domestic Violence Shannon Watts October 15, 2014

Rasmussen: Well I think the situation in the Netherlands is unique and very much influenced by domestic political factors.
How War Tests the Allies Richard Wolffe February 22, 2010

The outstanding debt of the domestic financial sector—American banks—is $13.9 trillion.
Federal Reserve’s Report Shows Households Cut Debt, Businesses Add Debt Matthew Zeitlin September 19, 2012

Historical Examples

The only thing that kid knew about domestic arts, was eating.
Roy Blakeley’s Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh

“He certainly was not what is called a domestic character,” said Aunt Jane.
Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson

He might be her equal some day, at present he was—her brother’s guest and domestic.
Our Home in the Silver West Gordon Stables

She was an exposition of the domestic resources of Horn o’ the Moon.
Tiverton Tales Alice Brown

How can I tell you the cool manner in which he inspected our domestic arrangements?
Humorous Readings and Recitations Various

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 country: domestic 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

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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