Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

domestic - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adjective domestic pronunciation in British English /dəˈmestɪk/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    [usually before noun] relating to peoples homes and family life
    a cosy domestic scene
    domestic chores
    a programme that gives some insight into the domestic life of the Victorians
    1. a.
      [only before noun] used in or designed for the home
      domestic appliances such as freezers and dishwashers
  2. 2
    relating to the country being talked about, and not other countries
    domestic politics
    The domestic economy showed no improvement.
    You go to the same terminal for domestic and international flights.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog