res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dən(t)s How to pronounce residence (audio) , ˈrez-dən(t)s, ˈre-zə-ˌden(t)s \

Definition of residence

1a : 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
2a(1) : the place where one actually lives as distinguished from one's domicile or a place of temporary sojourn
b : the place where a corporation is actually or officially established
c : the status of a legal resident
3a : a building used as a home : dwelling
b : housing or a unit of housing provided for students
4a : 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
: 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

He recently ended his residence at the apartment complex. They were granted residence in this country.
Recent Examples on the Web After watching video surveillance from a neighbor's residence, police identified Segobia as the suspect. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 23 May 2022 Police responded to a 911 call from an East Austin residence on the 1700 block of Maple Avenue last week. Audrey Conklin, Fox News, 21 May 2022 Sloan, who is White, typed up an affidavit stating that a confidential source told the sheriff that Edwards was selling crack cocaine from his residence and had seen a half-ounce within the past 72 hours. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 After, he was not recorded coming or going from the residence. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Authorities say Harmony, then 5, appeared to be living with Adam, Kayla and the couple's two other children when the family was evicted from a residence on Gilford Street in Manchester on Nov. 27, 2019. Diane Herbst,, 10 May 2022 Her body was found partially submerged in the creek a few miles from her residence in the early hours of March 26, Indiana State Police said in a news release. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 6 May 2022 According to the agreement, Sands will also have until Sept. 5 to move from the university’s presidential residence, and his moving expenses will be paid for. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2022 Additionally, a stay-away order has been issued to Masvidal, who must keep 25 feet away from Covington and 500 feet away from Covington's residence. Matt Erickson And Danny Segura, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of residence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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25 May 2022

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res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dəns How to pronounce residence (audio) \

Kids Definition of residence

1 : the act or fact of living in a place
2 : a building used for a home
3 : the time during which a person lives in a place


res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dəns How to pronounce residence (audio) \

Legal Definition of residence

1 : the act or fact of living in a place
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

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 : the status of a resident
4 : dwelling

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