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 Authorities said Delmar police were called to a local residence shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday for a fight in progress., "Maryland man charged in attacks on Delaware officer, elderly couple," 27 Apr. 2021 Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert at a residence in Miami-Dade County and found the boy, Elijah LaFrance, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, according to a statement by the Miami-Dade Police Department. David Aaro, Fox News, "Florida shooting: 3-year-old boy killed at birthday party," 26 Apr. 2021 Officers responded to a residence and found a live band practicing and finishing up for the evening. cleveland, "Drunk driver crashed into tree: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 25 Apr. 2021 Through preliminary investigations, Miami-Dade police officials have learned that the victims were attending a birthday party at a residence in the Golden Glades when they were shot. Eric Todisco,, "3-Year-Old Boy Killed, Woman Injured During Shooting at Birthday Party in Florida," 25 Apr. 2021 Elijiah and the woman were attending a child’s birthday at a residence in the Golden Glades area when they were shot. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Toddler shot and killed at birthday party in Florida, police seeking tips," 25 Apr. 2021 The fire was reported about 10 p.m. at a residence in the area of North 118th Street and West Florist Avenue, police said in a news release. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10-year-old child dies in fire," 24 Apr. 2021 In addition to a stylish residence, buyers will also have access to the building’s amenity suite, which includes a 6,000-square-foot courtyard garden as well as a private gym, swimming pool and sauna. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "This Historic London Condo Building Puts You Right Down the Street From Buckingham Palace," 23 Apr. 2021 According to the complaint, police were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue North just before noon Monday. Jenny Berg, Star Tribune, "St. Cloud woman accused of stabbing, killing man in alley," 21 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Residence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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