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

(2) : domicile sense 2a

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 Rose Martini at The Setai The Setai—the ultra-luxe hotel, which also has residences—is as close to an oasis as one can get in the milieu of Miami Beach. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "The Best New Drinks to Try in Miami During Art Basel," 3 Dec. 2018 Beyond the Stubbe residence, oversized contemporary art pieces are scattered around the grounds. David Jefferys, Condé Nast Traveler, "Puerto Rico's Dorado Beach Is a Bit of Bali, Three Hours from Home," 12 Nov. 2018 The South Island’s mountainous, dramatic southwestern coast is home to breeding colonies of the Fiordland penguin, though the animals don’t maintain residence there year-round. 15. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Downing outfitted the residence with furniture and pieces from the Neiman Marcus Home collection, all of which are available on an exclusive digital platform. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Is What a Dream Apartment by Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing Looks Like," 15 Oct. 2018 How many complaint reports have been made at this residence? Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 And as for her status with Prince Andrew, the two continue to share a residence at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Sarah Ferguson Has Been Up to Since Splitting With Prince Andrew," 11 Aug. 2018 Gas skyrocketed more than 24 percent, rent for a primary residence jumped 3.6 percent and meals at restaurants and cafeterias rose 2.8 percent. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Mnuchin is in denial about the pain Trump's tariffs are inducing," 13 July 2018 Designed as luxury residences, the building has a curving driveway that leads to a covered rooftop parking lot and floor-to-ceiling windows. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern apartment building twists for enviable green space," 22 Oct. 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 \

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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