Definitions

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

  • n. A residence; a home.
  • n. One's legal residence.
  • transitive v. To establish (oneself or another person) in a residence.
  • transitive v. To provide with often temporary lodging.
  • intransitive v. To reside; dwell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A home or residence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abode or mansion; a place of permanent residence, either of an individual or a family.
  • n. A residence at a particular place accompanied with an intention to remain there for an unlimited time; a residence accepted as a final abode.
  • transitive v. To establish in a fixed residence, or a residence that constitutes habitancy; to domiciliate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, a place of residence of a person or a family; in a narrower sense, the place where one lives; a place of habitual abode, in contradistinction to a place of temporary sojourn.
  • n. In law, the place where a person has his home, or his principal home, or where he has his family residence and personal place of business; that residence from which there is no present intention to remove, or to which there is a general intention to return.
  • To establish in a fixed residence, or a residence that constitutes continuance in abode; domiciliate.
  • n. The place at which a bill of exchange is payable.
  • To make payable, as a bill of exchange, at a specified place.

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

  • n. (law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time
  • n. housing that someone is living in
  • v. make one's home in a particular place or community

Etymologies

Middle English domicilie, from Old French domicile, from Latin domicilium, from domus, house; see dem- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French domicile. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Now the ‘Evening Pulpit,’ in its endeavour to make the facts of this transaction known, had placed what it called the domicile of this company in Paris, whereas it was ascertained that its official head-quarters had in truth been placed at Vienna.

    The Way We Live Now

  • Now the 'Evening Pulpit,' in its endeavour to make the facts of this transaction known, had placed what it called the domicile of this company in Paris, whereas it was ascertained that its official head-quarters had in truth been placed at Vienna.

    The Way We Live Now

  • The traditional definition of domicile is simply physical presence with intent to stay.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » “Congress Should Reapportion Representatives Only on the Basis of Citizen Populations”

  • The better to complete this explanation, a word concerning the terms domicile and quasi-domicile is necessary.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • My current domicile is cooled mostly by Daikin air conditioners, which I wouldn’t really recommend to anyone, but we ended up being sort-of stuck with them.

    Japanese air conditioners

  • This requires that the property be your primary domicile, which is flatly inconsistent with the requirement -- imposed under Article I of the Constitution -- that she be a citizen (read, resident) of her House district as of Election Day.

    Heather Wilson To Seek Domenici's Senate Seat

  • That the prison was built for him also, which he used to call the domicile of the Roman commons.

    The History of Rome, Books 01 to 08

  • His domicile was the residence of his wife and the repository of his possessions; but only on exceptional occasions was it the scene of domestic hospitality, and rare were the instances when the husband and wife might be seen abroad together, and when the former would invite the lady to enter a café or a confectioner's shop to partake of an ice.

    All About Coffee

  • His domicile was a contrast to the better ordered homes of the station, but here one might have meat and shelter, and what more should mortal ask of

    The Frontiersmen

  • A domicile is the legal home for a fund, such as a hedge fund, and is the centre for the fund's accounting and administration.

    NZ On Screen

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