res·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈre-zə-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce residency (audio) , ˈrez-dən(t)-, ˈre-zə-ˌden(t)- \
plural residencies

Definition of residency

1a : a usually official place of residence
b : a state or period of residence a 20-year residency in the city also : residence sense 2c
2 : a territory in a protected state in which the powers of the protecting state are executed by a resident agent
3a : a period of advanced training in a medical specialty that normally follows graduation from medical school and licensing to practice medicine
c : a period as an artist in residence

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Examples of residency in a Sentence

You must meet the town's residency requirement in order to vote. a four-year residency in the country She recently completed her residency in pediatrics.
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Recent Examples on the Web The residency, which grossed $45 million in 2019, is just a fraction of the band’s total live haul of $524.3 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Aerosmith On MusiCares 2020 Person of the Year Honor & Charitable Arm Janie's Fund," 14 Jan. 2020 Even Libyans without residency can open a bank account. Maggie Michael, Washington Post, "European money spawns more misery for migrants in Libya," 31 Dec. 2019 Serving up Latin cuisine, Latido's opening last January was said to be a year-long residency. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Hazel Park's Latido at Joebar closing as bar returns to its neighborhood roots," 30 Dec. 2019 Tyler said such residency restrictions narrow offenders' housing options. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, "Sex-offender housing laws raise hitch," 29 Dec. 2019 If the narrator’s callous attitude toward patients is a product of the dehumanizing power of residency training, how did Basch get there so quickly? Rachel Pearson, The New Yorker, "“The House of God,” a Book as Sexist as It Was Influential, Gets a Sequel," 25 Dec. 2019 Then, in 2017, she was accepted to a residency at Above Average Productions, the digital content arm of Lorne Michaels’s production company. Taylor Lorenz, New York Times, "Smashing the Finance Patriarchy With Memes," 24 Dec. 2019 The residency and custody affidavit provided must be signed in the presence of a notary public. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Tri-C helps North Olmsted woman explore, find new career in nursing: A Place in the Sun," 23 Dec. 2019 The family was one of the first African American families to live in the suburbs of Syracuse, New York during the 1960s as Walter served his internship, residency and fellowship at Upstate Medical Center/St. Madeline Mitchell,, "Lives remembered: 'He could do anything.' Dr. Walter Leavell was a pioneer for medicine and civil rights," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of residency

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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21 Jan 2020

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“Residency.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce residency (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of residency

: the state or fact of living in a place
: a period of time when someone lives in a place
: legal permission to live in a place


res·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈrez-əd-ən-sē How to pronounce residency (audio) \
plural residencies

Medical Definition of residency

: a period of advanced medical training and education that normally follows graduation from medical school and licensing to practice medicine and that consists of supervised practice of a specialty in a hospital and in its outpatient department and instruction from specialists on the hospital staff


res·​i·​den·​cy | \ ˈre-zə-dən-sē How to pronounce residency (audio) \
plural residencies

Legal Definition of residency

1 : an often official place of residence
2 : the condition of being a resident of a particular place

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