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noun res·i·dence \ˈre-zə-dən(t)s, ˈrez-dən(t)s, ˈre-zə-ˌden(t)s\

Simple Definition of residence

  • : the state of living in a particular place

  • : the place where someone lives

  • : legal permission to live in a country

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of residence

  1. 1 a :  the act or fact of dwelling in a place for some time b :  the act or fact of living or regularly staying at or in some place for the discharge of a duty or the enjoyment of a benefit

  2. 2 a (1) :  the place where one actually lives as distinguished from one's domicile or a place of temporary sojourn (2) :  domicile 2a b :  the place where a corporation is actually or officially established c :  the status of a legal resident

  3. 3 a :  a building used as a home :  dwelling b :  housing or a unit of housing provided for students

  4. 4 a :  the period or duration of abode in a place b :  a period of active and especially full-time study, research, or teaching at a college or university

in residence

  1. :  engaged to live and work at a particular place often for a specified time <poet in residence at a university>

Examples of residence in a sentence

  1. He recently ended his residence at the apartment complex.

  2. They were granted residence in this country.

14th Century

First Known Use of residence

14th century

RESIDENCE Defined for Kids


noun res·i·dence \ˈre-zə-dəns\

Definition of residence for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or fact of living in a place

  2. 2 :  a building used for a home

  3. 3 :  the time during which a person lives in a place

Law Dictionary


noun res·i·dence \ˈre-zə-dəns\

Legal Definition of residence

  1. 1 :  the act or fact of living in a place

  2. 2a :  the place where one actually lives as distinguished from a domicile or place of temporary sojourn <a person can have more than one residence but only one domicile> Editor's note: A distinction is usually maintained between domicile and residence based on the relative permanency of a domicile and the intent to make it a principal place of abode. In some contexts, however, such as for determining proper venue domicile and residence are used as synonyms. Similarly residence and domicile are sometimes used as synonyms with regard to the place of incorporation of a business. b :  a place in which a corporation does business or is licensed to do business

  3. 3 :  the status of a resident

  4. 4 :  dwelling

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