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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Since then, everyone from Elton John, Carlos Santana and Cher to Lady Gaga, Cardi B and Deadmau5 have taken on residency shows at spots around town. Susan Haas, USA TODAY, "Céline Dion says goodbye after 16 years in Las Vegas; debuts new song," 4 Apr. 2019 Iran has agreed to free a Lebanese man with permanent U.S. residency who has been imprisoned since 2015, Lebanon’s foreign ministry said Tuesday. NBC News, "Iran agrees to release U.S. resident jailed for spying: Lebanon," 5 June 2019 Since then, with a two-night residency at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City last week, and now a tour through Europe, her gobsmacking presentation continues to dazzle. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Story Behind FKA Twigs’ Mesmerizing Magdalene Tour Makeup," 21 May 2019 His supporters had said he should be freed and was protected under his status as a refugee with Australian residency. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Bahrain refugee soccer player freed by Thailand, heads home," 11 Feb. 2019 The Pennsylvania grants will in some cases pay for the establishment and expansion of programs that prepare teachers and principals with a full-year residency., "The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide," 12 July 2018 Kneebody: Forged nearly two decades ago with a longtime residency at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica, this band merges jazz and rock with spacey electronics for a sound genre-blind sound. Chris Barton,, "Playboy Jazz Festival: Five acts not to miss at the Hollywood Bowl," 6 June 2018 Take Irma Carrillo Nevarez, a Mexican citizen with legal US residency who lives in Phoenix. Bob Ortega, CNN, "Border Patrol failed to count hundreds of migrant deaths on US soil," 14 May 2018 In June, the groom is to start an ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. New York Times, "Mythili Prabhu, Akhilesh Pathipati," 29 Apr. 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 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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