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Meaning of domestic by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    From Latin domesticus, from domus ( “house, home” ) .


    • Rhymes: -ɛstɪk


    domestic ( comparative more domestic, superlative most domestic )

    1. Of or relating to the home.
    2. Of or relating to activities normally associated with the home, wherever they actually occur.
    3. ( of an animal ) Kept by someone, for example as a farm animal or a pet.
    4. Internal to a specific country.




    domestic ( plural: domestics )

    1. A house servant; a maid.
    2. A domestic dispute, whether verbal or violent


Explanation of domestic by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. produced in a particular country

    2. domestic wine
      domestic oil
    3. of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation

    4. domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction
    5. of or involving the home or family

    6. domestic worries
      domestic happiness
      they share the domestic chores
      everything sounded very peaceful and domestic
      an author of blood-and-thunder novels yet quite domestic in his taste
    7. converted or adapted to domestic use

    8. domestic animals
      domesticated plants like maize
    9. of or relating to the home

    10. domestic servant
      domestic science
    1. a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household

    Definition of domestic by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Domestic a. [L. domesticus, fr. domus use: cf. F. domestique. See 1st Dome.]
      1. Of or pertaining to one's house or home, or one's household or family; relating to home life; as, “domestic concerns, life, duties, cares, happiness, worship, servants”.

      His fortitude is the more extraordinary, because his domestic feelings were unusually strong. Macaulay.

      4. Of or pertaining to a nation considered as a family or home, or to one's own country; intestine; not foreign; as, “foreign wars and domestic dissensions”. Shak.

      3. Remaining much at home; devoted to home duties or pleasures; as, “a domestic man or woman”.

      4. Living in or near the habitations of man; domesticated; tame as distinguished from wild; as, “domestic animals”.

      5. Made in one's own house, nation, or country; as, “domestic manufactures, wines, etc.”

    2. Domestic, n.
      1. One who lives in the family of an other, as hired household assistant; a house servant.

      The master labors and leads an anxious life, to secure plenty and ease to the domestic. V. Knox.

      2. pl. ( Com. ) Articles of home manufacture, especially cotton goods. [U. S.]

    3. Native ( nātĭv ), a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p. p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Naïve, Neif a serf.]
      1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.]

      Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times. Cudworth.

      2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; -- opposed to foreign; as, “native land, language, color, etc.”

      3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, “a native inhabitant, race”; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, “native oysters, or strawberries”. In the latter sense, synonymous with domestic.

      4. Original; constituting the original substance of anything; as, “native dust”. Milton.

      5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, “native genius, cheerfulness, wit, simplicity, rights, intelligence, etc. Having the same meaning as congenital, but typically used for positive qualities, whereas congenital may be used for negative qualities. See also congenital”

      Courage is native to you. Jowett ( Thucyd. ).

      6. Naturally related; cognate; connected ( with ). [R.]

      the head is not more native to the heart, . . .

      Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father. Shak.

      7. ( Min. ) Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, “native silver, copper, gold”. Found in nature; not artificial; “native sodium chloride”.

      Native American party. See under American, a. -- Native bear ( Zool. ), the koala. -- Native bread ( Bot. ), a large underground fungus, of Australia ( Mylitta australis ), somewhat resembling a truffle, but much larger. -- Native devil. ( Zool. ) Same as Tasmanian devil, under Devil. -- Native hen ( Zool. ), an Australian rail ( Tribonyx Mortierii ). -- Native pheasant. ( Zool. ) See Leipoa. -- Native rabbit ( Zool. ), an Australian marsupial ( Perameles lagotis ) resembling a rabbit in size and form. -- Native sloth ( Zool. ), the koala. -- Native thrush ( Zool. ), an Australian singing bird ( Pachycephala olivacea ); -- called also thickhead. -- Native turkey ( Zool. ), the Australian bustard ( Choriotis australis ); -- called also bebilya.

      Syn. -- Natural; natal; original; congenital. -- Native, Natural, Natal. natural refers to the nature of a thing, or that which springs therefrom; native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that which springs from the structure of the mind. Native eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion; natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied or artificial.