domestic (adj.)

early 15c., "prepared or made in the house," from Old French domestique (14c.) and directly from Latin domesticus "belonging to the household," from domus "house," from PIE *dom-o- "house," from root *dem- "house, household."

From 1610s as "relating to or belonging to the home or household affairs." From 1650s as "attached to home, devoted to home life." Meaning "pertaining to a nation (considered as a family), internal to one's country" is from 1540s. Of animals, "tame, living under the care of humans," from 1610s. Related: Domestically.

The noun meaning "a household servant" is from 1530s (a sense also found in Old French domestique); the full phrase servaunt domestical is attested in English from mid-15c. Domestics, originally "articles of home manufacture," is attested from 1620s; in 19c. U.S. use especially "home-made cotton cloths." Domestic violence is attested from 19c. as "revolution and insurrection;" 1977 as "spouse abuse, violence in the home."

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion; and on application of the Legislature, or of the executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic violence. [Article IV, Section 4, U.S. Constitution, 1787]

updated on September 27, 2018

Definitions of domestic from WordNet
domestic (adj.)
of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation;
domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction
domestic (adj.)
of or relating to the home;
domestic servant
domestic science
domestic (adj.)
of or involving the home or family;
an author of blood-and-thunder novels yet quite domestic in his taste
they share the domestic chores
domestic worries
domestic happiness
everything sounded very peaceful and domestic
domestic (adj.)
converted or adapted to domestic use;
domestic animals
Synonyms: domesticated
domestic (adj.)
produced in a particular country;
domestic oil
domestic wine
domestic (n.)
a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household;
Synonyms: domestic help / house servant
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