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DOMESTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does domestic mean? 

DOMESTIC (noun)
  The noun DOMESTIC has 1 sense:

1. a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household

  Familiarity information: DOMESTIC used as a noun is very rare.


DOMESTIC (adjective)
  The adjective DOMESTIC has 5 senses:

1. of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
2. of or relating to the home
3. of or involving the home or family
4. converted or adapted to domestic use
5. produced in a particular country

  Familiarity information: DOMESTIC used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DOMESTIC (noun)


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Meaning:

A servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

domestic; domestic help; house servant

Hypernyms ("domestic" is a kind of...):

retainer; servant (a person working in the service of another (especially in the household))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "domestic"):

ayah (an Indian nursemaid who looks after children)

home help (a person hired to help in another's home (especially one employed by a local authority to help the infirm with domestic work))

housekeeper (a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a household)

amah; housemaid; maid; maidservant (a female domestic)

skivvy; slavey (a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work)


DOMESTIC (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation

Context example:

domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction

Similar:

home; interior; internal; national (inside the country)

municipal (of or relating to the government of a municipality)

Also:

national (limited to or in the interests of a particular nation)

Antonym:

foreign (of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own))


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Meaning:

Of or relating to the home

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

domestic servant / domestic science

Pertainym:

home (housing that someone is living in)


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Meaning:

Of or involving the home or family

Context examples:

domestic worries / domestic happiness / they share the domestic chores / everything sounded very peaceful and domestic / an author of blood-and-thunder novels yet quite domestic in his taste

Similar:

husbandly (related to or suited to a husband)

housewifely (related or suited to a housewife)

home-style (as if in the home)

home-loving (devoted to home duties and pleasures)

domesticated (accustomed to home life)

Attribute:

domesticity (the quality of being domestic or domesticated)

Antonym:

undomestic (not domestic or related to home)


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Meaning:

Converted or adapted to domestic use

Synonyms:

domesticated; domestic

Context examples:

domestic animals / domesticated plants like maize

Similar:

tame; tamed (brought from wildness into a domesticated state)


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Meaning:

Produced in a particular country

Context examples:

domestic wine / domestic oil

Similar:

native (characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin)


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