What is a domestic tap called commonly in the US ?

-a spigot?

  • a device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container (MW)

Dictionary meaning aside, I had this understanding that a domestic tap is known as a faucet.

  • In order of common usage that I have heard in my lifetime, I would list them as: (1) tap, (2) faucet, (3) nozzle, and (4) spigot. – Ian MacDonald Mar 13 '15 at 18:39
  • I would swap (1) and (2), but otherwise the same. There are specializations: nozzles expel water under pressure, and therefore are attached to hoses. Tap has a secondary meaning from brewing and cooperage, and gets extended metaphorically for other fluids, like electricity. Spigot is part of the brewing/cooperage sense of tap; it's the tool that is used to tap a barrel, and it also gets called the tap after it's been inserted and is being used to draw off the contents. Faucet is the name of the fixture that gets installed over a sink. – John Lawler Mar 13 '15 at 19:15
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    See spigot vs faucet vs tap – Ellie Kesselman Mar 13 '15 at 19:47
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    The only reason why I rank tap so highly on my list is that, as a kid, my parents used to frequently say "Turn off the tap!". – Ian MacDonald Mar 13 '15 at 19:49

Not sure if the rest of the country uses this, but.....Around here, the difference is more esoteric. A spigot is more functional, less decorative than a faucet. Our garden hose is attached to a spigot, but the kitchen sink has a faucet.

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    In Oregon, I regularly hear this distinction made. Hoses are attached to spigots, while sinks/tubs get faucets. – Nick2253 Mar 13 '15 at 20:39
  • Yeah, either will be understood in most contexts, but usually a faucet designed to have a hose attached is referred to as a "spigot". And regionally "tap" may be more common than "faucet". – Hot Licks Mar 14 '15 at 11:46

This is definitely subject to regional variation. Regarding "spigot", see http://www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/staticmaps/q_41.html

I don't know of studies on "faucet" or "tap", but I'll bet they're subject to regional variation as well.

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