American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. State; condition: stardom.
- n. Domain; position; rank: dukedom.
- n. Those that collectively have a specified position, office, or character: officialdom.
GNU Webster's 1913
Jurisdictionor property and jurisdiction, dominion, as in king domearl dom. State, condition, or quality of being, as in wis dom, free dom.
- From Middle English -dom, from Old English -dōm ("-dom: state, condition, power, dominion, authority, property, right, office, quality", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-dōmaz (“-dom”). Cognate with Scots -dom ("-dom"), West Frisian -dom ("-dom"), Dutch -dom ("-dom"), German -tum ("-dom"), Swedish -dom ("-dom"), Icelandic -dómur ("-dom"). Same as Old English dōm ("doom, judgment, sentence, condemnation, ordeal, judicial sentence, decree, ordinance, law, custom; justice, equity; direction, ruling, governing, command; might, power, dominion, supremacy, majesty, glory, magnificence, splendor, reputation, honor, praise, dignity, authority; state, condition"). More at doom. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English -dōm; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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