Definition of domestic in English:



  • 1Relating to the running of a home or to family relations.

    ‘domestic chores’
    ‘domestic violence’
    • ‘In a 30-year career in social work, mainly with children and families, domestic violence kept cropping up.’
    • ‘Around 700 families have to be rehoused every year because of domestic violence.’
    • ‘We can also find domestic violence among families of the elite.’
    • ‘The scene was remarkably domestic, with so many people, and a baby.’
    • ‘An expert believes family doctors can play an important role in helping resolve various family problems, including domestic violence.’
    • ‘She had not gone to school here and her role in the family was mainly helping her mother with domestic chores.’
    • ‘Thanks to our support, the charity was able to lay on a Christmas party for families fleeing domestic violence.’
    • ‘The findings also confirmed that domestic violence affects women from all walks of life.’
    • ‘Many partnerships in the region have identified domestic violence as a key priority.’
    • ‘But marital relations and domestic finances are not what should make government ministers fit or otherwise for office.’
    • ‘Many migrant workers had also been employed in manufacturing, plantations and as domestic servants.’
    • ‘Most do other work, though many specialize in domestic relations.’
    • ‘Everyday, she would set out early in the morning and visit the households to help them in the domestic chores to support the family.’
    • ‘Sunday was filled with more domestic chores but on a smaller scale.’
    • ‘The museum was initially set up to collect, preserve and maintain relics of industrial, agricultural and domestic history and to ensure the accessibility to the general public.’
    • ‘The borough is one of the worst in the region for domestic violence.’
    • ‘This re-organization is having a profound effect on social relations and domestic arrangements in the main family entertainment room.’
    • ‘The chairs are of the fixed porter type, which means they would be of little or no use in the domestic environment.’
    • ‘Over 100 community members explained their needs in relation to domestic abuse and offered advice on how a community project could best respond.’
    • ‘To address this, more work needs to be done in assessing the training needs of health professionals in relation to domestic violence.’
    family, home, private
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    1. 1.1 Of or for use in the home rather than in an industrial or office environment.
      ‘domestic water supplies’
      • ‘More reforms may be needed, but domestic agriculture is of rather more strategic importance than some younger politicians seem to be aware of.’
      • ‘The coastal towns and local industry are growing fast, as is the domestic and industrial water demand in the area.’
      • ‘For a while the government banned all use of the waters for industrial and domestic purposes.’
      • ‘He believes it is more likely that supplies would initially be restricted to major industrial users before domestic supplies were restricted in the event of a winter problem.’
      • ‘We want to get the message out to whoever is responsible for the empty buildings that they ensure they are totally secure whether domestic dwellings or industrial properties.’
      • ‘She owes an awful lot to domestic appliances - or rather, the lack of them.’
      • ‘It has also developed materials for the steel industry, office machinery, domestic appliances, industrial safety, sports surfaces and car components.’
      • ‘The site contains both industrial and domestic waste.’
      • ‘Bringing out a contrast between industrial and domestic architecture, he says that there is a vast difference between the two.’
      • ‘It ranges across the industrial and domestic spectrum from factories and offices to the the farm or the home.’
      • ‘There was no existing prospect of eliminating the greater part of the sulphur discharged from industrial and domestic chimneys, but research was being energetically pursued.’
      • ‘Waterways have come to be viewed as the dumping ground of agricultural runoff, industrial effluents and domestic sewage.’
      • ‘This is because the boiler must operate continuously even during warm weather in order to heat the domestic water supply.’
      • ‘All projects used a major wood heating appliance with integrated domestic water heating.’
      • ‘They also have a statutory duty to maintain a water supply to domestic premises.’
      • ‘The report also mentions the over-exploitation of water resources by domestic, agricultural and industrial users.’
      • ‘With parents tied down to their office and domestic routines, the manner in which children spend their summer is the last thing on their minds.’
      • ‘Just over half of this was domestic, industrial and commercial waste while 38 per cent was construction waste.’
      • ‘As far back as 1975, they say, the local authority installed a short asbestos pipe near the back door as a link to carry the domestic water supply.’
      • ‘The well-trained eye could spot the outline of a defensive enclosure, and a large spread at the base of the field was thought to be associated with industrial or domestic activity.’
      native, indigenous, home-grown, home-bred, aboriginal
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    2. 1.2 (of an animal) tame and kept by humans.
      ‘domestic dogs’
      • ‘Conditions favorable for the emergence of antigenic shift are thought to involve humans living close to domestic poultry and pigs.’
      • ‘We cannot just go in there without any notice at all and spray children, domestic pets, and animals such as horses.’
      • ‘Now, the centre is home to a whole range of animals, including domestic pets like cats and dogs.’
      • ‘In fact, house rabbits are in vogue all over the world, ranking in ‘pet’ value along with domestic cats and dogs.’
      • ‘It is folly to think that wild birds and other wildlife are less susceptible to the influences of disease than humans and domestic animals.’
      • ‘These are animals that, along with domestic goats and sheep, have been bred for thousands of years as food.’
      • ‘As the city grows, and cats become more popular as domestic pets, the number of animals living rough increases.’
      • ‘At Kildonan, domestic sheep and some cattle are grazed and the area has a large population of feral rabbits.’
      • ‘Certainly, they seemed louder and this was enough to frighten domestic animals like dogs and cats.’
      • ‘Foxes selected for tameness are friendly, like domestic dogs, while foxes selected for aggression resist human contact.’
      • ‘Because of their association with humans, domestic dogs are not preyed upon by wild predators.’
      • ‘Lions when deprived of their usual prey occasionally attack domestic animals and even human beings.’
      • ‘The animals not only damaged crops and fences but competed with domestic sheep and cattle for precious grass.’
      • ‘All domestic animals depend on human beings for survival.’
      • ‘To realize that, you know, dogs and cats are domestic, wonderful animals.’
      • ‘Common around outlying human settlements, the bobcat will sometimes take small farm animals including domestic cats if easily accessible.’
      • ‘This germ is often acquired before birth, but is sometimes passed on by domestic cats or acquired by eating undercooked meat from infected animals.’
      • ‘Wild ancestors of domestic cattle, donkeys, pigs, dogs and domestic cats were native to North Africa, Southwest Asia and most probably India.’
      • ‘Mosquitoes transmit a number of diseases to human beings and domestic animals.’
      • ‘In fact foxes receive more illnesses from domestic pets, particularly dogs, because pets have not been vaccinated.’
      domesticated, tame, pet, household, trained, not wild
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    3. 1.3 (of a person) fond of family life and running a home.
      ‘she was not at all domestic’
      • ‘I can't wait to have a family and I'm very domestic.’
      • ‘But the whole point about her, and the one that can be obscured by the focus on the artworks and the leftover wine in her freezer, is that being a domestic goddess has become her job.’
      • ‘My mother was a domestic goddess in every household art except culinary.’
      • ‘If a man wipes his feet on the door mat before coming into the room, you may be sure he will make a good domestic husband.’
      housewifely, domesticated, stay-at-home, home-loving, homely
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  • 2Existing or occurring inside a particular country; not foreign or international.

    ‘Egypt's domestic affairs’
    • ‘The majority, who are normally moderate in their views about both international and domestic affairs, have been silent in public but concerned in private.’
    • ‘The self-catering establishments were very popular with the domestic visitors looking for family holidays.’
    • ‘Expanding business from a purely domestic market into foreign markets is a big step in any company's development.’
    • ‘For most regional leaders, domestic issues outweigh foreign affairs.’
    • ‘The domestic industry currently supplies 85 percent of the nation's sugar, with 15 percent imported.’
    • ‘The reservation office counters at the domestic terminal will be repositioned and the entrance to the terminal building will also be changed.’
    • ‘Not recommended for the beginner investor, these are bonds issued in foreign markets by domestic companies.’
    • ‘From the point of view of the host country, they can actually save a domestic firm rather than letting it undergo a slow, painful death.’
    • ‘He said the park was also intended to create linkages between tourism and the environment and consequently boost domestic tourism.’
    • ‘But why would business investment increase when domestic demand is anticipated to decline?’
    • ‘The bright-line separation between foreign and domestic affairs has proven to be problematic.’
    • ‘The daily volumes in the domestic foreign exchange markets are currently equivalent to over $1 billion.’
    • ‘It would make such firms more competitive, both in the international and domestic markets, and it would increase the dollar value of profits accrued overseas.’
    • ‘Factory production fell 3.9 percent as domestic consumption remained stagnant and exports declined.’
    • ‘Light manufacturing and textiles are important for both foreign and domestic markets.’
    • ‘Exports may be high, but industrial domestic sales are down by around six per cent - for the second year running.’
    • ‘While the domestic business environment has deteriorated because of the protracted recession, there is no excuse for the failure to pay due wages.’
    • ‘The concept of the ‘foreign observer’ might seem problematic in relation to the delicate domestic issues of another country.’
    • ‘But it's not like domestic politics have been ignored.’
    • ‘This is just as true in all areas of domestic affairs as in foreign policies.’
    national, state, home, local, internal, interior, not foreign, not international
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  • 1A person who is paid to help with cleaning and other menial tasks in a person's home.

    • ‘The federal labour law is vague on the subject of domestic workers, where no contract is signed, no taxes paid and social security and health insurance paid by the employer are voluntary.’
    • ‘What broke the ice, he found, were small workshops where sharecroppers and domestics talked about practical issues that bothered them, brainstormed about what to do, and took steps to do it.’
    • ‘Later they had several domestics and even men servants.’
    • ‘Women often work as domestics throughout the United States, cooking, cleaning, or looking after children for individual families with whom they live.’
    • ‘Most female migrants to the first world find employment as maids or domestics.’
    • ‘For both men and women this involved full time domestic support from a spouse or partner or from a paid domestic worker, or from both.’
    • ‘She worked as a domestic for his father in New York.’
    • ‘The demonstration was in opposition to government plans to levy a new tax on those employing guest workers as domestics, and to cut the minimum wages of maids.’
    • ‘The vast majority of paid and unpaid domestic workers are women.’
    • ‘The 400 porters, domestics, laundry and catering workers are the latest group of health workers to take on the low pay, bullying and exploitation of their private contractor bosses.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the total number of workers employed in the above calculations included female domestics.’
    • ‘Servants observed their mistresses behaving exactly as domestics were trained not to act.’
    • ‘Nor were we happy with how some of the churches educated, when they seemed to train the young primarily for menial pursuits such as domestics.’
    • ‘One revealing factor is that the care of elderly people typically appeared as one of many household tasks carried out by domestic workers.’
    • ‘Although they worked as maids or cooks or domestics in the secular world, these women could put on an usher's uniform or badge and be quite visible.’
    • ‘Its goals were to provide a hospitable institution for immigrant workers, domestics, labourers and skilled workers to establish savings accounts and send back money for them to relatives.’
    • ‘Immigrant day laborers, domestics and gardeners have built independent organizations, even without labor law protection or support from local unions.’
    • ‘They know a request to kitchen staff will not be met with disdain; our domestics regularly help with feeding debilitated patients in the absence of nursing staff.’
    • ‘The wage for 20 days was much higher than the normal salary for domestics.’
    • ‘The same is true of cleaners and domestics, who are essential.’
    servant, domestic servant, domestic worker, domestic help, hired help, home help, daily help, maid, housemaid, maid-of-all-work, cleaner, menial, housekeeper
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  • 2British informal A violent quarrel between family members, especially a couple.

    ‘they are often called to sort out a domestic’
    • ‘You get the odd one in other parts of the country, and they often turn out to be domestics.’
    • ‘Why are the police spending so much time at domestics?’
    • ‘I really wish my neighbors would stop having their domestics in the backyard.’
    • ‘Because of the unpredictably the two most dangerous incidents police could attend were domestics and stopping vehicles, he said.’
    • ‘There was one of those hissed domestics going on in the seat in front of us.’
  • 3North American A product not made abroad.


Late Middle English: from French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus ‘house’.