Meaning of DOMESTIC in English

I. dəˈmestik, dōˈ-, -tēk adjective

Etymology: Middle French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus house — more at timber

1. obsolete : enjoying intimate status (as in a household) : being familiar as if at home


a. : relating to the household or the family : concerned with or employed in the management of a household or private place of residence — distinguished from public

affects the house at large and the course of domestic affairs — Herbert Spencer

the servant has risen in the world and become a domestic worker — Gabriel Ullstein

b. : connected with the supply, service, and activities of households and private residences — distinguished from industrial

coke as a fuel for domestic heating plants

sewing, interior decoration, and other domestic arts

a scarcity of domestic help

c. : suited to the physical requirements and livability of a private dwelling

the community, which possesses a domestic architecture of charm and distinction — American Guide Series: North Carolina

also : engaged in designing private dwellings

both an ecclesiastical and a domestic architect

d. : belonging to or incumbent on the family or members of the family

domestic status

the domestic chastity required is recommended in effect to produce an equilibrium population — G.E.Hutchinson

: participated in by or emanating from members of a family

there seemed no place for myself in this domestic tableau — Christopher Isherwood

under strict domestic orders not to sit out of doors — John Buchan

e. : peculiar to or affecting the intimate relations and amenities of a family group living together

Diderot never achieved domestic happiness, either in his marriage or in his many affairs of the heart — J.S.Schapiro

there are others beside Charles Lamb who are peculiarly sensitive to the charm of the domestic — John Dewey

also : associated with family obligations and harmony

her many domestic virtues

weighed down with domestic worries

f. : dealing with the intimate life of a family group

we have the domestic epic dealing with the details of modern life which pass daily under our eyes — Matthew Arnold

domestic drama of the sentimental kind

3. : relating and limited to one's own country or the country under consideration or its internal affairs and interests


a. : belonging or occurring within the sphere of authority or control or the fabric or boundaries of the indicated nation or sovereign state : internal

charts of domestic as well as foreign waters

once a state has assumed such an obligation the matter ceases to be within its domestic jurisdiction — Quincy Wright

specifically : involving activities of or within the national government

a domestic power struggle between the president and the congress

b. : affecting the welfare of or experienced or participated in by the citizenry of the indicated country

a depression that proved one of our worst domestic calamities

evincing a major interest in domestic politics

painting the domestic scene in somber colors

also : living and occupied within one's own country

the various forms of entertainment available to domestic vacationers

all the critics, domestic and foreign — S.P.Sherman

c. : carried on, operating or serving, produced, or distributed within the bounds of the indicated country or region

the domestic shipping industry declined after 1939

the acknowledged power of a state to regulate its police, its domestic trade — John Marshall

domestic corporations, that is, those chartered by the state in which they do business — M.S.Kendrick

short trip services by a domestic airline

formerly scornful of the quality of our domestic wines

caves used for the ripening of a domestic Roquefort-type cheese

cats of various breeds, some domestic , some imported

also : applying only within these bounds

domestic airmail rates

domestic prices of oil products

d. : indigenous

domestic snails representing 12 species of the family Bulimidae

e. : domiciled in the home state of the regulatory authority concerned — used of an insurance company


a. : living near or about the habitations of man

rats, roaches, and other domestic vermin

b. : domesticated , tame

6. : devoted to home duties and pleasures

author of blood-and-thunder novels, yet quite domestic in his tastes

II. noun

( -s )

1. obsolete : housemate

2. obsolete : a native citizen

3. : a household servant

4. : an article of domestic manufacture: as

a. : common cotton cloth (as sheeting)

b. : an American-made rug as distinguished from an Oriental rug

c. domestics plural : household linens and bedding

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.