As a thing, it's a kind of church. In Germany every big cathedral church is called a "dom". In the Netherlands the only dom is the one in Utrecht, housing (previously) the archbishop. In Italy it's the main church in town.

In the S&M community, dom is a shortened form of dominatrix.

See also: top.
Contrast: sub or submissive, bottom.

Dom (?), n. [Pg. See Don.]

1.

A title anciently given to the pope, and later to other church dignitaries and some monastic orders. See Don, and Dan.

2.

In Portugal and Brazil, the title given to a member of the higher classes.

 

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