Meaning of DOMESTIC in English

I. do ‧ mes ‧ tic 1 W2 AC /dəˈmestɪk/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: adverb : ↑ domestically ; adjective : ↑ domestic ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: French ; Origin: domestique , from Latin domesticus , from domus 'house' ]

1 . relating to or happening in one particular country and not involving any other countries ⇨ foreign

domestic market/economy/demand etc

the booming domestic economy

US foreign and domestic policy

our nation’s domestic affairs

Domestic flights (=flights that stay inside a particular country) go from Terminal 1.

2 . [only before noun] relating to family relationships and life at home:

Unfortunately his domestic life wasn’t very happy.

domestic tasks/chores/responsibilities etc

Nowadays there is more sharing of domestic chores.

families that can afford domestic help (=help with cleaning, washing etc)

an organization that supports women facing domestic violence (=violence in a family, especially from a husband to his wife)

3 . used in people’s homes:

a new tax on domestic fuel

domestic appliances such as washing machines

4 . someone who is domestic enjoys spending time at home and is good at cooking, cleaning etc:

No, I’m not very domestic.

5 . [only before noun] a domestic animal lives on a farm or in someone’s home OPP wild :

domestic pets

—domestically /-kli/ adverb :

domestically produced coal

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)

■ nouns

▪ the domestic market (=buying of goods inside a country)

The French domestic market is the largest consumer of champagne.

▪ the domestic economy (=production of goods and profit from sales inside a country)

Japan’s domestic economy expanded greatly during this period.

▪ domestic policy (=policy relating to your own country)

The President’s foreign and domestic policies have been criticized.

▪ domestic affairs (=public and political events inside a country)

Colombia rejected any interference in its domestic affairs.

▪ domestic demand (=the amount of a product that people want to buy in a country)

Exports fell by 0.5 percent while domestic demand grew.

▪ domestic consumption (=the amount of a product that people use in a country)

In the past the country’s industry was small enough to thrive on domestic consumption alone.

▪ domestic flights (=that stay inside a country)

London’s airports handle one hundred thousand domestic flights a year.

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ nouns

▪ domestic life

She enjoyed domestic life and bringing up three children.

▪ domestic tasks (=small jobs at home such as cleaning and washing)

How many hours do you spend on domestic tasks each week?

▪ domestic chores (=boring tasks around the home)

Many people find domestic chores very tedious.

▪ domestic responsibilities

It can be hard to balance your work and your domestic responsibilities.

▪ domestic problems (=problems in the home and with family relationships)

I didn’t want to listen to any more of his domestic problems.

▪ a domestic dispute (=an argument between people who live together, especially when it involves violence)

Police are often called to domestic disputes.

▪ domestic violence/abuse (=in a family, especially by a husband towards his wife)

The organization supports women who are victims of domestic violence.

▪ domestic waste (=food, paper, glass etc that you throw out from the house)

More domestic waste needs to be recycled.

▪ domestic help (=help with cleaning, washing etc)

People in well-paid jobs can afford domestic help.

▪ domestic service formal (=the work of a servant in a large house)

She went into domestic service at the age of 15.

II. domestic 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . old-fashioned a servant who works in a large house

2 . British English informal a fight between members of a family in their home:

It sounded like the neighbours were having a bit of a domestic.

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