• (America, RP) IPA: /dəˈmɛstɪk/


  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.
    domestic violencedomestic hot water
  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.
  5. Tending to stay at home; not outgoing.
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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[] 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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  • Spanish: malos tratos
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