res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt, ˈrez-dənt, ˈre-zə-ˌdent\

Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : living in a place for some length of time : residing
b : serving in a regular or full-time capacity the resident engineer for a highway department also : being in residence
3 : not migratory resident species



Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who resides in a place
2 : a diplomatic agent residing at a foreign court or seat of government especially : one exercising authority in a protected state as representative of the protecting power
3 : a physician serving a residency

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Synonyms & Antonyms for resident

Synonyms: Noun

denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, inhabiter, occupant, resider, tenant

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of resident in a Sentence


Several tribes are resident in this part of the country.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

According to the official guidelines of the TSA, domestic U.S. travelers must have valid identification to fly, such as a driver’s license, passport or permanent resident card. Fox News, "Rapper G-Eazy claims magazine cover got him through airport security," 2 Oct. 2018 San Diego Union-Tribune Columnist Kevin Acee and resident fantasy football expert Eddie Brown talk the players to add and drop, sit or start and interesting match ups this week around the NFL., "Podcasts," 19 Mar. 2018 Serdar worked for Sotheby's in London as their resident Ottoman art expert. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016 Susan Nethero, resident fit expert at Intimacy, a store specializing in helping women of all sizes find the right bras for them, gives us some super helpful tips on how to get a better fit from your bras. Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "The New Way to Find the Perfect Fitting Bra," 24 Feb. 2012 About 2% of Japan’s resident population is non-Japanese. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan to Accept More Foreign Workers in a Break From Its Historical Stance," 7 Dec. 2018 Noman Hussain, resident scholar at the Islamic Society of Milwaukee-Brookfield, participated in the vigil to oppose issues such as splitting up immigrant families. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With pleas from the public to show compassion, Jim Sensenbrenner calls immigration system a 'mess' during Brookfield town hall," 6 July 2018 It was filed by a group of 36 people — some of them visa applicants themselves, some of them the US citizen or permanent-resident family members of visa applicants. Dara Lind, Vox, "Families split by the travel ban allege the government’s waiver process is a sham.," 29 July 2018 There's no word on what other actors might be joining Noah for the film, but the role does have reprising his TATB duty as resident driver. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Will Play an Undercover Driver in His New Movie "Valet"," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Netflix previously confirmed that Priah Ferguson (Erica) and Maya Hawke will be joining the cast, helping to rescue the residents of a small town who are constantly dealing with scarier and scarier forms of danger. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Stranger Things 3" Poster Has Fans Speculating About a New Monster," 2 Jan. 2019 At a time when New York pollution was so thick, residents occasionally had trouble seeing the city’s bridges, the case for public transit was literally in the air. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Public transit’s missed opportunity," 20 Nov. 2018 Another route, which is a good bet for Big Apple residents (particularly those who love running races throughout the year), is to opt into the 9+1 or 9+1K programs with New York Road Runners, the non-profit organization that hosts the marathon. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 The coalition scored a victory when the city council voted to allow a pilot backyard-chicken program, and in March 2009 issued permits to 50 residents, including Halward. Denise Foley, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Raising Backyard Chickens," 14 Aug. 2018 From the Woolsey Fire by Abby Aguirre For the Point Dume Bombers and other residents of the Santa Monica Mountains, fighting the California wildfire was an ad hoc effort. Vogue, "Our Favorite Longreads From 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 These small, private facilities usually have 20 or fewer residents who receive personal care and meals, along with having staff on hand 24/7 to help with care, the NIA says. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Different End-of-Life Care Options to Know if You or a Loved One Is Sick," 18 Dec. 2018 Sometimes the residents aren’t home or aren’t aware that a package has been dropped off. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Sting uses fake Amazon boxes, GPS to catch would-be thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 The mystery surrounding the case has left residents of Barron heartbroken and hopeless, but Chris wants to help restore their faith. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "The Heartbreaking Reason 'The Voice' Star Chris Kroeze Dedicated His Performance to His Town," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of resident


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resident


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin resident-, residens, present participle of residēre

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English Language Learners Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: living in a particular place usually for a long period of time

: working regularly at a particular place



English Language Learners Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who lives in a particular place

: a doctor who is training at a hospital to become a specialist in a particular field of medicine


res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt \

Kids Definition of resident

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who lives in a place



Kids Definition of resident (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : living in a place for some length of time
2 : serving in a full-time position a resident doctor


res·​i·​dent | \ ˈrez-əd-ənt, ˈrez-dənt \

Medical Definition of resident

: a physician serving a residency

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res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt\

Legal Definition of resident

: one who has a residence in a particular place but does not necessarily have the status of a citizen — compare citizen sense 1, domiciliary

Other Words from resident

resident adjective

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