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.
Recent Examples on the Web Among luminaries to frequent the Tuscan-style residence, built in the mid-1920s, was close family friend Ted Geisel, the beloved children’s author and illustrator known as Dr. Seuss. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Vintage SoCal: The crown jewel of Rancho Palos Verdes," 26 Mar. 2020 That trial targeted and tested the ability of 14 post offices and 468 mail carrier routes to distribute medicine to a total 205,000 residences, about a quarter of the Twin Cities. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "The Postal Service's Surprising Role in Surviving Doomsday," 25 Mar. 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced this weekend that residents would be required to stay in their places of residence, unless certain circumstances are met. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite mayor declares local state of disaster for public health emergency," 23 Mar. 2020 Paisley said that other customers can come to The Store during its regular hours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will only need their ID and either proof of income, proof of residence, or statement of unemployment to shop. David Williams, CNN, "Country star Brad Paisley says free grocery store will deliver food to Nashville seniors during coronavirus crisis," 18 Mar. 2020 Some feature hotels, private residences, medical offices and work spaces besides the traditional restaurants, bars and other entertainment venues. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "New Life Time fitness complex at Biltmore is first one in Arizona and has a rooftop pool. Take a peek," 7 Mar. 2020 We’ll also be guided by a slew of FORTUNE journalists and the brilliant physician-interrogators Dr. Lloyd Minor, Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine, and CNN’s brain surgeon-journalist-in-residence, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "How to invest in health care? Step one: Ask the right questions," 21 Feb. 2020 Plus, there’s a tradition of royalty in Hawaii, and Oahu is home to America’s only royal residence, the Iolani Palace in Honolulu (pictured). Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Fit for a Prince: Where in the West Should Meghan and Harry Move?," 16 Jan. 2020 The role comes with the option to live onsite at the royal residence (which is near to ). Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Windsor Castle Is Hiring a Housekeeping Assistant with "the Option to Live-In"," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of residence

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

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The first known use of residence was in the 14th century

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29 Mar 2020

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“Residence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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How to pronounce residence (audio)

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

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