1. Of or relating to the family or household: domestic chores.
2. Fond of home life and household affairs.
3. Tame or domesticated. Used of animals.
4. Of or relating to a country's internal affairs: domestic issues such as tax rates and highway construction.
5. Produced in or indigenous to a particular country: domestic oil; domestic wine.
1. A household servant.
2. often domestics Household linens.
3. A product or substance discovered in, developed in, or exported from a particular country.
[Middle English, from Old French domestique, from Latin domesticus, from domus, house; see dem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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