from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to the family or household: domestic chores.
  • adj. Fond of home life and household affairs.
  • adj. Tame or domesticated. Used of animals.
  • adj. Of or relating to a country's internal affairs: domestic issues such as tax rates and highway construction.
  • adj. Produced in or indigenous to a particular country: domestic oil; domestic wine.
  • n. A household servant.
  • n. Cotton cloth.
  • n. Household linens. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A product or substance discovered in, developed in, or exported from a particular country.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to the home.
  • adj. Of or relating to activities normally associated with the home, wherever they actually occur.
  • adj. Kept by someone, for example as a farm animal or a pet.
  • adj. Internal to a specific country.
  • n. A house servant; a maid; a household worker.
  • n. A domestic dispute, whether verbal or violent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to one's house or home, or one's household or family; relating to home life.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a nation considered as a family or home, or to one's own country; intestine; not foreign.
  • adj. Remaining much at home; devoted to home duties or pleasures.
  • adj. Living in or near the habitations of man; domesticated; tame as distinguished from wild.
  • adj. Made in one's own house, nation, or country
  • n. One who lives in the family of an other, as hired household assistant; a house servant.
  • n. Articles of home manufacture, especially cotton goods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or belonging to the home or household, or to household affairs; pertaining to one's place of residence, or to the affairs which concern it, or used in the conduct of such affairs: as, domestic concerns; domestic life; domestic duties; domestic servants; domestic animals.
  • Attached to the occupations of the home or the family; pertaining to home life, or to household affairs or interests: as, a domestic man or woman.
  • Pertaining to a nation considered as a family, or to one's own country; internal; not foreign: as, domestic dissensions; domestic goods; domestic trade.
  • Home-made: an epithet applied to certain cotton cloths of American manufacture. See II., 5.
  • Collectively, the styles or methods pursued in building for domestic purposes; the character or quality of domestic buildings: as, the domestic architecture of England as compared with that of France.
  • n. A household servant; a servant residing with a family.
  • n. A native of a country.
  • n. An inmate of a house.
  • n. A domicile; a home.
  • n. plural Home-made cotton cloths, either bleached or unbleached, of the grades in common use, and neither printed nor dyed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
  • adj. converted or adapted to domestic use
  • adj. of or involving the home or family
  • n. a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
  • adj. of or relating to the home
  • adj. produced in a particular country


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin domesticus, from domus ("house, home").


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