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

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 Genevieve Gergis, the restaurant's resident pastry chef, includes homey desserts such as Apple Cider Donuts and Coconut-Butterscotch Tart. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Be Ambitious This Thanksgiving: 3 Bold Recipes From One of L.A.’s Most Talked About Restaurants," 2 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, state health department surveys reported resident complaints about low staffing. Harold Brubaker,, "St. Francis nursing home made sky-high profits. Then it was sanctioned for neglect," 12 June 2018 Deteriorating roads, funding cuts and resident complaints about taxes and services prompted a second vote to officially dismantle the village. Brian Albrecht,, "Smoother roads, lower taxes for Brady Lake villagers a year after vote to disband community (photos)," 29 Apr. 2018 Moore said the city was again reacting to a resident safety complaint. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "Why Sacramento erased 23 crosswalks, including one where a grandmother died after removal | The Sacramento Bee," 5 Mar. 2018 Incidents of police use-of-force dropped nearly 70 percent between 1999 and 2014, and resident complaints dropped 42 percent. Amber Hunt,, "What Sam DuBose’s rap sheet tells us about him and the police," 8 Aug. 2015 The district has so far registered 307 new resident students, 97 of whom will attend La Cañada Elementary, 78 Paradise Canyon Elementary and 71 Palm Crest Elementary. Sara Cardine,, "La Cañada Unified officials honor robotics team’s enterprise, prep for new school year," 12 July 2018 At the time, the Aquarium’s resident sand shark, Bertha, was 40ish. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Coney Island’s Newest Wonder: Sharkitecture!," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2015, 28 percent of Australian residents were born overseas. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 Meyer, a Brentwood resident and mother of two, was also encouraged by the family-friendly scale. Marley Marius, Vogue, "More Than Half of the Businesses at This California Shopping Center Are Run by Women," 22 Sep. 2018 Richard Mehlinger, a nearby Sunnyvale resident who’s affiliated with the pro-housing group YIMBY, said in an interview with Recode. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "In Apple’s hometown of Cupertino, a debate over the fate of an old mall epitomizes Silicon Valley’s class divide," 21 Sep. 2018 Getty ImagesKarwai Tang Kensington Palace just welcomed a new resident—an adorable Labrador Retriever. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Adopted a New Labrador Retriever," 25 Aug. 2018 Afternoon tea and accompanying sandwiches are still served on a daily basis in the pink-and-green-adorned drawing room of the main clubhouse, which also features a resident Amazon parrot named Alonso. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Bermuda's Legendary Coral Beach & Tennis Club Is Welcoming a New Crowd," 24 Aug. 2018 Bergé was, and will forever be, Villa Oasis’s last resident. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 But there’s one tiny house that’s unlikely to ever see a single resident: This microscopic home, fit no one but a microbe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Build the Tiniest House in the World," 25 July 2018 Ward has not voted in Florida, according to public records, and was a resident of Massachusetts until four years ago. Steven Lemongello,, "Congress District 6: Where 6 candidates stand on issues," 13 July 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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