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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As such, the rockers will no longer be going through with the June and July dates of their upcoming Las Vegas residency. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 24 May 2022 Aerosmith have pushed back the start of their Las Vegas residency by three months so Steven Tyler can complete a drug treatment program. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 Internal medicine will be the focus of her residency., 22 May 2022 Cheap Trick is sandwiched between stints of his Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 19 May 2022 On January 20, Adele announced the delay of her residency in a teary video apology to fans. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 Mar. 2022 Five years after the end of her Las Vegas residency, Britney Spears returned to Sin City with a refreshed mindset. Rachel Desantis,, 7 Mar. 2022 Friday, in which the singer opened up about the postponement of her Las Vegas residency last month. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 After postponing the start of her Las Vegas residency, Adele surprised a group of disappointed fans with a video call at Caesars Palace. CNN, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of residency

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Residency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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