Definitions

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

Etymologies

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

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  • The "Better This World" filmmakers, Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega, said they came away from their reporting with a recognition that use of the term "domestic terrorist" had broadened dramatically since the Sept. 11 attacks.

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  • "Though the Supreme Court in Morrison did not explicitly define the phrase 'domestic transactions,' there can be little doubt that the phrase was intended to be a reference to the location of the transaction, not to the location of the purchaser and that the Supreme Court clearly sought to bar claims based on purchases and sales of foreign securities on foreign exchanges, even though the purchasers were American," Judge Holwell said.

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  • PILGRIM: You know, you can understand though why average American citizens are worried why the term domestic spying is surfacing.

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  • That's why I wish we'd drop the phrase "domestic violence."

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  • With Joyce or Calvino, Davenport or Whittemore, the aesthetic of the domestic is an aesthetic of the domestic sublime, in many respects, purposed at transporting the audience to a Moorish wall or a café, a Scandinavian meadow or a bridge, to a moment, precisely in order to make the mundane relevant to the audience in a rapture of import.

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  • Other critics like Professor Dylan Rodriguez see the criminal justice system as a key part of what he calls the domestic war on the marginalized.

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  • As I write this column, Blackwater is using part of the billion plus dollars they have been paid in mostly no-bid contracts to expand what they call their domestic operations division.

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