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 In a letter from 1980, during a Grateful Dead residency at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, Graham writes to his staff about broken seats, noise from a slamming door, and how to keep fans from pilfering Dead memorabilia during the last show. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "In Trippy Times, Bill Graham Took Care of Reality," 13 Feb. 2020 Members Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee have continued to perform together as the Doobie Brothers for years and last month announced a Las Vegas residency in February 2020. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "The Doobie Brothers reunite with Michael McDonald for 50th anniversary tour," 19 Nov. 2019 As Kellyoke has been reminding us, Clarkson is a seriously talented performer, and a Vegas residency sounds like the perfect thing for her. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kelly Clarkson Just Landed a Las Vegas Residency," 3 Nov. 2019 Fagen has kept the music going, however, and arrives in Boston this weekend for a mini-residency at the Orpheum., "MFA Late Nites," 24 Oct. 2019 Italian photographer Ezio D'Agostino first learned about the NEO mining plan during an artist residency at Luxembourg's Centre National de l'Audiovisuel (CNA). Wired, "Luxembourg's Bold Plan to Mine Asteroids for Rare Minerals," 29 Aug. 2019 During another American tour a few years later, Disney World approached her offering a residency performing at the Chinese pavilion at Epcot. Jake Fischer,, "How Red Panda Became the NBA's Favorite Halftime Performer," 28 Aug. 2019 Since taking on the residency at Caesar's Palace, Dion has moved her life—and her 10,000 shoes—to Vegas, buying out a large warehouse to accommodate her collection. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Celine Dion Reveals She Has a Warehouse Devoted to Shoes on Carpool Karaoke," 22 May 2019 Not a single word was spoken about stringent new policies such as home visits, middle-school transcript scrubs and triple-checks of multiple documentation of residency. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Months after admissions cheating scandal, new signs of trouble at Dallas ISD’s prestigious Booker T.," 29 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of residency

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Feb 2020

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“Residency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce residency (audio)

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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