residence

noun

res·​i·​dence ˈre-zə-dən(t)s How to pronounce residence (audio)
ˈrez-dən(t)s,
ˈre-zə-ˌden(t)s
1
a
: 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
2
a(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
3
a
: a building used as a home : dwelling
b
: housing or a unit of housing provided for students
4
a
: 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
Phrases
in residence
: engaged to live and work at a particular place often for a specified time
poet in residence at a university

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 After receiving a 911 call from a resident about a gassy odor, the crew arrived at the house on Friday night and discovered a 500-gallon underground propane tank and a leak on the side of the residence. Brian Anthony Hernandez, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Gandhi told reporters in a Sunday morning update that homicide detectives confirmed a husband had shot and killed his wife and another male inside the upstairs residence of the Oakwood HOA complex before turning the gun on himself. Daniel Hunt, Sacramento Bee, 18 Feb. 2024 Most of Rogers’ collection are on a shelf in his residence in Jupiter. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 18 Feb. 2024 The sale of the single family residence in the 1700 block of Shenandoah Ave. Bay Area Home Report, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2024 Their other two residences — a minimalist apartment in Concordia sulla Secchia, Italy, near the factory where Owens’s clothes are made, and an equally austere beach house on Venice’s Lido — are too bourgeois for Lamy. Nick Haramis Ola Rindal Dogukan Nesanir, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The first shooting occurred in the 5000 block of Jay Street NE inside a residence. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 The photo — which shows the 75-year-old British monarch standing in a doorway dressed in a navy blue pinstripe suit — was taken by photographer Samir Hussein at the British Ambassador's residence during a September 2023 state visit to France. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 The conference was held in May 2019 at Al Bateen Palace, a royal residence in Abu Dhabi. Nate Jones, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Residence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/residence. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

residence

noun
res·​i·​dence ˈrez-əd-ən(t)s How to pronounce residence (audio)
-ə-ˌden(t)s
1
: the act or state of living or working continuously in a place
physicians in residence in a hospital
residence abroad
2
a
: the place where one lives
b
: the status of a legal resident
3
a
: the period during which a person resides in a place
b
: a period of actual study, research, or teaching at a college or university

Legal Definition

residence

noun
res·​i·​dence ˈre-zə-dəns How to pronounce residence (audio)
1
: the act or fact of living in a place
2
a
: 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

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