res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dən(t)s , 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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On Saturday night, several hundred people protested the arrests outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem, accusing the Shin Bet of mistreating the suspects. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Israeli Youths Detained in Palestinian Woman’s Killing," 6 Jan. 2019 Will and Kate were both living in the same residence hall at university (which is a weirdly normal way for a prince to meet his future wife, right?) when they were introduced and had exactly zero chill between them. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince William and Kate Middleton's First Meeting Was Intensely Awkward," 18 Aug. 2018 During a news conference at Chequers, the prime minister’s 16th-century official country residence, Mr. Trump was by turns defiant, fawning and dismissive of the interview. New York Times, "Trump Brings His Own Style to a Day of Damage Control in Britain," 13 July 2018 While the president will visit May’s official country residence to discuss foreign policy issues, the First Lady will spend some time with May’s husband Philip, who reportedly bought a new suit for the occasion. Fiona Ma | Wwd,, "Melania Trump wears Calvin Klein for concert outing during NATO summit, Elie Saab for evening festivities," 11 July 2018 Police gunned down Parojinog, his wife, two of his siblings, and 11 other people in a series of coordinated pre-dawn raids on properties including the mayor’s residence. Joseph Hincks, Time, "Duterte is Assassinating Opponents Under the Cover of the Drug War, Philippine Rights Groups Say," 5 July 2018 While integrating individuals with hard science backgrounds into the art museum space is a little rarer, there are some to be found, like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s scientist-in-residence program, which began in the spring of 2014. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian, "The Neuroscientist in the Art Museum," 19 June 2018 Today Kowalczyk is head of AWE’s artist-in-residence program, where artists plucked from specific neighborhoods collaborate with kids to help design and develop public art pieces. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Making art accessible to Milwaukee’s kids," 18 June 2018 Victoria put in the work, adding an entirely new wing, and years later, Buckingham continues to serve as a place of royal business and the London residence of Queen Elizabeth. 3. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "15 Fascinating Facts You Didn't Know About Queen Victoria," 8 Jan. 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 \

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 \

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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