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domestic adj
1 of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation; "domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction" [ant: foreign]
2 of or relating to the home; "domestic servant"; "domestic science"
3 of or involving the home or family; "domestic worries"; "domestic happiness"; "they share the domestic chores"; "everything sounded very peaceful and domestic"; "an author of blood-and-thunder novels yet quite domestic in his taste" [ant: undomestic]
4 converted or adapted to domestic use; "domestic animals"; "domesticated plants like maize" [syn: domesticated]
5 produced in a particular country; "domestic wine"; "domestic oil" n : a household servant [syn: domestic help, house servant]

User Contributed Dictionary



Latin domesticus < Latin domus (house, home)



  1. Of or related 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 related to activities normally associated with the home, wherever they actually occur
  3. (Of a domesticated 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.


of or related to the home
of or related to activities normally associated with the home, wherever they actually occur
(of a domesticated animal) kept by someone
internal to a specific country




  1. A house servant; a maid.
    • 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.


house servant; a maid
domestic dispute, whether verbal or violent

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Domestic or domestique can refer to:

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