Definition of domicile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdäməˌsīl/
Pronunciation: /ˈdōməˌsīl/
Pronunciation: /ˈdäməsəl/


formal or Law
1The country that a person treats as their permanent home, or lives in and has a substantial connection with: his wife has a domicile of origin in Germany
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  • It is accepted, accordingly, that mother has, by birth and through her father's then domicile, an English domicile of origin.
  • When an individual acquires a domicile of choice, it is as if he is connected to his domicile of origin or dependency by a piece of elastic, known as the doctrine of continuance.
  • It appears that his domicile of origin was definitely in the United Kingdom.
1.1chiefly US A person’s residence or home: the builder I’ve hired to renovate my new domicile
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  • The domicile and residence of the settlor and the beneficiaries is also relevant.
  • Let's examine the domicile situation: apartment, loft, multi-bedroom home, abandoned storage unit.
  • Neighbourhood associations argued that non-owner-occupied domiciles, such as lodging houses, do not contribute to the community and degrade quality of life in their neighbourhoods.
residence, home, house, address, residency, lodging, accommodations
informal digs
formal dwelling (place), abode, habitation
1.2The place at which a company or other body is registered, especially for tax purposes.
Example sentences
  • To enhance its generalizability, this study did not restrict its sample in terms of partner domiciles or host country locations.
  • This followed the news that the company was registering its tax domicile in Madeira.
  • It collects flows and allocations data from both United States registered funds and funds registered in other leading domiciles such as Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Ireland, the UK, Caymans and Guernsey.


[with adverbial of place] (be domiciled) formal or Law
1Treat a specified country as a permanent home: the tenant is domiciled in the US
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  • But where the defendant is domiciled within the jurisdiction such an order cannot be regarded as exorbitant or as going beyond what is internationally acceptable.
  • It is not merely that a claimant is entitled to sue his defendant where he is domiciled; the defendant is entitled to be sued there.
  • The claimant is domiciled in the Republic of Ireland.
1.1chiefly US Reside; be based: he was domiciled in a frame house on the outskirts of town
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  • The real plaintiff in the case, the New York Civil Liberties Union, charges that the police enforce quality-of-life rules only against homeless people, while ignoring the many domiciled offenders.
  • They domicile me in a cat-free zone, but it's a problem.
  • Pops pauses, pondering my question, while my interrogating eyes lock onto a weary mole domiciled between his eyebrows.
is settled, live, make one's home, take up residence


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin domicilium 'dwelling', from domus 'home'.

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Syllabification: dom·i·cile

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