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 California's vaccination website explicitly states that residency is not a requirement for receiving the vaccine., "Some foreign nationals are getting coronavirus vaccines in the United States," 13 Feb. 2021 The Concert Truck residency – In addition to its concert hall and digital performances, the DSO is taking its music to the community through The Concert Truck. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "The Dallas Symphony Orchestra uses the spirit of celebration to resume beloved musical traditions," 16 Dec. 2020 The temporary artist residency will be at 122 Greene Street in New York City starting tomorrow, Friday, November 13, and running through January. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton’s Temporary Artist Residency Opens in NYC Tomorrow," 12 Nov. 2020 Council President William Godwin, D-1st, questioned the residency of a consultant hired by the Gary Fire Department. Carrie Napoleon,, "Gary council has more questions on city’s proposed 2021 budget; consultant residency questioned," 16 Oct. 2020 The residency was started with a grant from the Swedish government and has slowly been expanding through personal contributions by Woodson. NBC News, "3 LGBTQ trailblazers among 2020 MacArthur 'genius grant' winners," 8 Oct. 2020 Most lawyers are taking the conservative interpretation, that these four are the only optional standards — and residency is not among that list. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront – Can nonresidents run for board seat? Why can’t spouses of directors run?," 5 Sep. 2020 The residency currently includes 12 performances, which are July 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, Dec. 28, 29, 31, and Jan. 1, 2022. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Yeah! Usher is getting a Las Vegas residency," 4 Sep. 2020 The winner receives $60,000 and a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass (the museum is exhibiting pieces from all 10 competitors to coincide with this new season). Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Glassblowing Reality Competition Is the Design Show You Should Be Watching," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of residency

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of residency was in 1579

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20 Feb 2021

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“Residency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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