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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Proof of Oakland Park residency or business address is required in the form of a utility bill, property tax or driver's license, for example, and there is a limit of 10 sandbags per address while supplies last. Austen Erblat,, "Concerned about flooding from Hurricane Dorian? Some cities are giving away sand bags," 30 Aug. 2019 Many have lived in the city for decades and long ago established legal residency, but new arrivals who weren’t authorized to enter the country could face deportation. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit superintendent's plan to protect students could get him in trouble," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2018, Granados was set to challenge Position 3 incumbent John Anthony Brown, however Granados was removed from the ballot after he had left two required length of residency boxes on the paper form blank. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Granados seeks Woodlands board seat after 2018 controversy," 23 Aug. 2019 Migration is another focus of the report, recommending that women refugees and asylum-seekers be registered separately from men, and granted separate residency, too. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 2019 But the idea of Elkeson becoming Chinese through residency, rather than having Chinese blood, is a more complicated issue. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Brazilian-born striker Elkeson set to play for China," 21 Aug. 2019 Having already learned five steps, Sophia is almost ready to perform at Millan's Las Vegas residency. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan's Pups Fly Private and Take Dance Lessons," 14 Aug. 2019 After the residency, the plan highlights the visa holders would be eligible for a green card. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Inside Buttigieg's "Internet for All" initiative," 14 Aug. 2019 The citizenship classes are open to everyone and do not require a Social Security number or California residency documentation to sign up, the college said. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: George Thorogood, Live and Bush among headliners of upcoming Pacific Amphitheatre concerts," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of residency

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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