domestic

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From Middle French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus (house, home).

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domestic (comparative more domestic, superlative most domestic)

  1. Of or relating to the home.
    • 1994, George Whitmore, Getting Rid of Robert in Violet Quill:
      “Dan’s not as domestic as you," I commented rather nastily.
  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.
    • 1890, US Bureau of Animal Industry, Annual report v 6/7, 1889/90
      It shall be the duty of any owner or person in charge of any domestic animal or animals.
  4. Internal to a specific country.
    • 1996, Robert O. Keohane, Helen V. Milner, Internationalization and Domestic Politics:
      The proportion of international economic flows relative to domestic ones.
    • 2013 August 3, “Boundary problems”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too. GDP measures the total value of output in an economic territory. Its apparent simplicity explains why it is scrutinised down to tenths of a percentage point every month.

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domestic (plural domestics)

  1. A house servant; a maid; a household worker.
    • Mary Romero, Maid in the U.S.A. - New standards of cleanliness increased the workload for domestics.
  2. A domestic dispute, whether verbal or violent
    • 2005: Bellingham-Whatcom County Commission Against Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence in Whatcom County (read on the Whatcom County website at[[1]] on 20 May 2006) - The number of “verbal domestics” (where law enforcement determines that no assault has occurred and where no arrest is made), decreased significantly.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French domestique, Latin domesticus. Largely replaced earlier dumesnic.

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domestic m, n (feminine singular domestică, masculine plural domestici, feminine and neuter plural domestice)

  1. domestic (of or relating to the home)
  2. (of animals) domestic

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  • (of or related to the house): casnic

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