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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Cardinal O’Malley moved into a small rectory, eschewing and later selling the palatial official residence. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "‘It Will Cause a Scandal.’ The Pope and a Trusted U.S. Cardinal Clash Over Sex-Abuse Crisis," 14 Feb. 2019 Now, the small residence in an industrial neighborhood could house a private prototype garage, according to The Beach Reporter. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Boring Company approved to build a tunnel entrance inside a residential garage," 13 Sep. 2018 Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of the Esplanade at around 10:15 p.m., after a report of shots fired inside a residence, Redondo Beach police said in a news release. Brittny Mejia,, "Three people found dead in Redondo Beach residence after report of shooting," 12 July 2018 Firefighters responding to a 911 call found the victims and called police to the residence in a housing development in the northwestern San Fernando Valley. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Police: Shooter targeted 3 victims in gated LA community," 19 Feb. 2019 On Tuesday evening, the president and first lady Melania Trump planned to watch the returns from the residence in the White House with family and friends. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "Trump, White House Prepare for Election Results," 6 Nov. 2018 Police believe the second man is still inside even after smoke and flames erupted from the residence. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Phoenix PD: Armed barricade continues into second day," 11 June 2018 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

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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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