res·i·den·cy | \ˈre-zə-dən(t)-sē, 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

b : residence sense 4b

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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This acting, singing, dancing triple threat will grace the stage at this intimate club for a short but sweet residency. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "5 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 14 June 2018 Saldarriaga believes his accolades so far will provide a good case for the permanent residency. Jesse Naranjo, Billboard, "'Despacito' Engineer Luis 'Salda' Saldarriaga Hopes Song's Clout Will Boost His Green Card Chances," 15 Feb. 2018 This is Spears' first tour since ending her four year residency in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Britney Spears Kicks Off Piece of Me Tour: See the Best Moments," 13 July 2018 If Okoumou had not already been naturalized, the current federal proceedings for her act of civil disobedience would have transformed into a referendum on her legal residency in this country. Shamira Ibrahim, Daily Intelligencer, "Patricia Okoumou and the Threat to Black Immigrants," 13 July 2018 The music icon has not been resting on her laurels following her residency, with the star working out daily keeping her in tip-top shape. Dave Quinn,, "Britney Spears 'Excited to be Back' as She Kicks Off Piece of Me Tour in Maryland," 13 July 2018 Prior to his residency in Ellington, Jack lived in Coventry and was a member of the Coventry Rotary Club, and Paul Harris Fellow., "Jack W. Cohen," 30 June 2018 At 11,000 square feet, On the Record, situated across from the Park MGM theater (where Lady Gaga will also debut her residency New Year’s Eve), will be the largest venture to date for the Houstons but small by Las Vegas mega-club standards. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, "L.A. Nightlife Kings Jonnie and Mark Houston to Open First Las Vegas Club," 19 June 2018 Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker is suffering from blood clots in his arms, leading the band to postpone its ongoing Las Vegas residency. Isaac Feldberg,, "Blink 182's Travis Barker cannot perform due to blood clots in arms," 16 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
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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