Definition of dominion in English:


Line breaks: do¦min|ion
Pronunciation: /dəˈmɪnjən


  • 2 (usually dominions) The territory of a sovereign or government: the Angevin dominions
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    • Just as oil and water do not mix, neither do art and life: They are separate and sovereign dominions that coexist without mixing, each with its own idiosyncrasies, values, and morality.
    • The union leadership has bolstered this tactic by placing control of their respective territorial dominions ahead of the welfare of the union membership.
    • America, he noted, has ‘achieved a degree of power in the contemporary world community which dwarfs the dominions of the empires of the past’.
    dependency, colony, protectorate, territory, province, outpost, satellite, satellite state; holding, possession
    historical tributary, fief
    archaic demesne
    (dominions) realm, kingdom, empire, domain, country, nation, land
  • 2.1 (Dominion) • historical Each of the self-governing territories of the British Commonwealth: Great Britain, together with her Dominions and Colonies
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    • In 1907, New Zealand was made a Dominion of Great Britain.
    • The British North America Act created the Dominion of Canadian by 1867.
    • Self-governing dominions in the British Empire - such as Canada and after 1947 India - also had one vote each.
  • 3 (dominions) another term for domination ( sense 2).
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    • From top to bottom, the celestial hierarchy includes seraphim, cherubim, thrones; dominions, virtues, powers; principalities, archangels, and angels.


Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin dominio(n-), from Latin dominium, from dominus 'lord, master'.

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