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PIE root

From domus +‎ -ticus, on the analogy of rūsticus.[1]



domesticus m ‎(feminine domestica, neuter domesticum); first/second declension

  1. Of the house; domestic; familiar; native
  2. (New Latin) Used as a species epithet


First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative domesticus domestica domesticum domesticī domesticae domestica
genitive domesticī domesticae domesticī domesticōrum domesticārum domesticōrum
dative domesticō domesticō domesticīs
accusative domesticum domesticam domesticum domesticōs domesticās domestica
ablative domesticō domesticā domesticō domesticīs
vocative domestice domestica domesticum domesticī domesticae domestica

Derived terms[edit]



  • domesticus” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • domesticus” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to be acquainted with the history of one's own land: domestica (externa) nosse
    • to keep house: rem domesticam, familiarem administrare, regere, curare
    • a civil war: bellum intestinum, domesticum (opp. bellum externum)
  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill