domestic

Domestic generally means relating to someone's family, home, or home country. Domestic work is work done in the home — a domestic is someone who works in a home, such as a nanny or a maid.

Domestic is also used to refer to products that are produced in your country, or policies and affairs that relate to your country. And domestic animals, such as cats and dogs, are used to living with people. Domestic derives from Middle English, from Old French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus, "house."

Definitions of domestic
  1. adjective
    of or relating to the home
    domestic servant”
    domestic science”
  2. adjective
    of or involving the home or family
    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”
    Synonyms:
    domesticated
    accustomed to home life
    home-loving
    devoted to home duties and pleasures
    home-style
    as if in the home
    housewifely
    related or suited to a housewife
    husbandly
    related to or suited to a husband
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    Antonyms:
    undomestic
    not domestic or related to home
    undomesticated
    unaccustomed to home life
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  3. adjective
    converted or adapted to domestic use
    domestic animals”
    synonyms: domesticated
    tame, tamed
    brought from wildness into a domesticated state
  4. adjective
    of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
    domestic issues such as tax rate and highway construction”
    Synonyms:
    home, interior, internal, national
    inside the country
    municipal
    of or relating to the government of a municipality
    national
    limited to or in the interests of a particular nation
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    Antonyms:
    foreign
    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
    abroad, overseas
    in a foreign country
    external, international, outside
    from or between other countries
    international
    concerning or belonging to all or at least two or more nations
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  5. adjective
    produced in a particular country
    domestic wine”
    domestic oil”
    Synonyms:
    native
    characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
  6. noun
    a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
    synonyms: domestic help, house servant
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    ayah
    (in India) a native 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
    chambermaid, fille de chambre
    a maid who is employed to clean and care for bedrooms (now primarily in hotels)
    handmaid, handmaiden
    a personal maid or female attendant
    lady's maid
    a maid who is a lady's personal attendant
    parlormaid, parlourmaid
    a maid in a private home whose duties are to care for the parlor and the table and to answer the door
    type of:
    retainer, servant
    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
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