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

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Examples of residence in a Sentence

He recently ended his residence at the apartment complex. They were granted residence in this country.

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The home isn't far from Windsor Castle, the royal residence where the sovereign often retreats for a month around Easter and for a week in June, according to the royal family's official website. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Reportedly Visited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Frogmore Cottage on Easter," 30 Apr. 2019 An ambulance outside the Sussex residence sent fans into a frenzy, but Harry's appearance at the London Marathon on Sunday calmed things back down a little. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince William Gave the Funniest Response When Asked if Baby Sussex Had Arrived Yet," 29 Apr. 2019 The Queen's grandmother, Mary of Teck, also gave birth in royal residences. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Actually Following in Queen Elizabeth's Footsteps for Her Birth Plan," 11 Apr. 2019 Half of the store is made up of the Phluid line, while the other half comprises tried-and-true brands such as Gypsy Sport and Champion as well as smaller designers in residence like One DNA. Charlotte Diamond, Teen Vogue, "This Gender-Neutral Store Aims to Create a Safe Space For Its Customer," 20 Mar. 2019 Last night at a private residence in Los Angeles, Dali’s presence was felt throughout the entire evening. Vogue, "Dada Daily Celebrates Its Launch in Los Angeles With Jamie Mizrahi and Nathalie Love," 18 Dec. 2018 Often, Shattuck would see police cruisers regularly stop at a residence and stay there for several hours, an indication that the location might be the home of the officer. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders," 9 Aug. 2018 This unique event takes place at the private residence of the DiMenna’s, who only open their property to the public one day a year. Gillian Hearst, Town & Country, "The Annual Hamptons Cup Has Raised Over $4.1 Million for Charity Over the Years," 8 Aug. 2018 In place of the summit, Netanyahu held back-to-back meetings with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban before hosting all three for lunch at his official residence. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Israel hosts east European leaders after summit scrapped," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of residence

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

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English Language Learners Definition of residence

: the state of living in a particular place
: the place where someone lives
: legal permission to live in a country


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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