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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Trump will spend very little time in London, having stayed in the capital for a single, well-insulated night at the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in Regent's Park. Danica Kirka, Fox News, "Demonstrators plan to mock Trump with giant balloon," 13 July 2018 Klarik and Crane purchased the residence at the Century building eight years ago for about $11.06 million and created an elaborate living space that evokes the Art Deco movement popularized during the 1920s and ’30s. Neal J. Leitereg,, "‘Episodes’ co-creators Jeffrey Klarik and David Crane list L.A. penthouse for $29.9 million," 11 July 2018 The firm split the 4,300-square-foot residence into two distinct styles: one for the humans and one for the pup. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This modern house is designed to support a dog’s health needs," 11 July 2018 The building is empty, yet Sawyer’s family is staying in the yet-to-open residences, as if Hong Kong had some kind of hotel shortage. Gary Thompson,, "The Rock's towering presence fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 Trump signed Kavanaugh’s nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems," 10 July 2018 That event, which honored the Queen's birthday, also included a flypast above the royal residence. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Dior to the RAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations," 10 July 2018 Trump signed Kavanaugh's nomination papers Monday evening in the White House residence. The Christian Science Monitor, "Trump nominates GOP favorite Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 All of the items were recovered by police at Barton's residence and storage unit in Louisville. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of residence

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

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Phrases Related to residence

hall of residence

residence hall

take up residence

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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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