Definition of domestic in English:


Syllabification: do·mes·tic
Pronunciation: /dəˈmestik


  • 1Of or relating to the running of a home or to family relations: domestic chores domestic violence
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    • To address this, more work needs to be done in assessing the training needs of health professionals in relation to domestic violence.
    • This re-organization is having a profound effect on social relations and domestic arrangements in the main family entertainment room.
    • An expert believes family doctors can play an important role in helping resolve various family problems, including domestic violence.
    family, home, household
  • 1.1chiefly British Of or for use in the home rather than in an industrial or office environment: domestic appliances
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    • It has also developed materials for the steel industry, office machinery, domestic appliances, industrial safety, sports surfaces and car components.
    • For a while the government banned all use of the waters for industrial and domestic purposes.
    • She owes an awful lot to domestic appliances - or rather, the lack of them.
  • 1.2(Of a person) fond of family life and running a home: she was not at all domestic
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    • If a man wipes his feet on the door mat before coming into the room, you may be sure he will make a good domestic husband.
    • My mother was a domestic goddess in every household art except culinary.
    • I can't wait to have a family and I'm very domestic.
    stay-at-home, home-loving, homey, housewifely
    humorous domesticated
  • 1.3(Of an animal) tame and kept by humans: domestic cattle
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    • Now, the centre is home to a whole range of animals, including domestic pets like cats and dogs.
    • Common around outlying human settlements, the bobcat will sometimes take small farm animals including domestic cats if easily accessible.
    • We cannot just go in there without any notice at all and spray children, domestic pets, and animals such as horses.
  • 2Existing or occurring inside a particular country; not foreign or international: the current state of US domestic affairs
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    • The bright-line separation between foreign and domestic affairs has proven to be problematic.
    • This is just as true in all areas of domestic affairs as in foreign policies.
    • Not recommended for the beginner investor, these are bonds issued in foreign markets by domestic companies.


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  • 1 (also domestic worker or domestic help) A person who is paid to help with menial tasks such as cleaning.
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    • Nor were we happy with how some of the churches educated, when they seemed to train the young primarily for menial pursuits such as domestics.
    • One revealing factor is that the care of elderly people typically appeared as one of many household tasks carried out by domestic workers.
    • The vast majority of paid and unpaid domestic workers are women.
    servant, domestic worker, domestic help, maid, housemaid, cleaner, cleaning lady, housekeeper
  • 2North American A product not made abroad.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
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  • He might find it hard to concoct a policy to satisfy that particular audience, but this process has proved successful domestically.
  • About 900,000 tonnes is produced domestically, with the rest imported, he said.
  • To my grandma and my aunt, I am the girl who is domestically hopeless.


late Middle English: from French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus 'house'.

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