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[dom-uh-sahyl, -suh l, doh-muh-] /ˈdɒm əˌsaɪl, -səl, ˈdoʊ mə-/
a place of residence; abode; house or home.
Law. a permanent legal residence.
verb (used with object), domiciled, domiciling.
to establish in a domicile.
Origin of domicile
1470-80; < Middle French < Latin domicilium, perhaps equivalent to *domicol(a) (domi-, combining form of domus house + -cola dweller; see colonus) + -ium -ium
Related forms
undomiciled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Answers to frequently asked questions about legal residence and domicile.
  • domicile is defined as your true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation.
  • The court held that domicile was the sole basis of jurisdiction.
  • In most countries, a foreign resident's “domicile” (home country) status is determined by objective criteria.
  • Some states require residency, known as domicile, for a probate court to have jurisdiction.
  • This law applies to anyone domiciled in France; .
  • So-called “resident non-domiciles”—people who live in Britain but claim domicile abroad—do not have to pay tax on offshore income.
  • In Manhattan, a discreet domicile is likely to be inside a condominium tower with two street exits and an underground garage.
  • The standard is to domicile in a place with 0 to low income taxes.
  • The Court held that the law of the decedent's domicile should govern the distribution of the funds.
British Dictionary definitions for domicile


a dwelling place
a permanent legal residence
(Brit, commerce) the place where a bill of exchange is to be paid
to establish or be established in a dwelling place
Word Origin
C15: from Latin domicilium, from domus house
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Word Origin and History for domicile

mid-15c., from Middle French domicile (14c.), from Latin domicilium, perhaps from domus "house" (see domestic) + colere "to dwell" (see colony). As a verb, it is first attested 1809. Related: Domiciled; domiciliary.

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