res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt How to pronounce resident (audio) , 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

About 53% of registered voters in Cotabato identify as Christian and the remainder are Muslim, said Ms. Guiani-Sayadi, though the city’s resident population is majority Muslim. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge," 21 Jan. 2019 While Nate was making a name for himself with his own TV show and design firm, Jeremiah was working as resident interior designer for none other than Oprah on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Brief Timeline of Nate Berkus & Jeremiah Brent's Relationship," 3 May 2019 Under the proposal, if a resident challenges the accuracy of charges and the city learns that its meter reading is correct, an extra $10 charge would be tacked on that customer's bills. Jaimy Jones, Houston Chronicle, "City of Friendswood considers fees on credit card payments," 23 Jan. 2018 For Wright, empowerment was similarly written into the character of Shuri, Wakanda's resident millennial tech genius. Jen Yamato,, "Warrior, scientist, superspy, queen: How 'Black Panther' brings strong, complex women to Marvel," 31 Jan. 2018 And yes, in true New Mexico form, there is a ranch—a horse ranch!—run by its resident Horse Lady, who offers her guests a true glimpse into the rustic lifestyle by way of equine therapy, home-cooked meals, and their very own adobe-style fireplace. Alison Beckner, Vogue, "Why New Mexico Is the West Coast’s Best (and Most Overlooked) Wellness Retreat," 29 Sep. 2018 Court documents describe the Fontana, Calif., resident’s months-long impersonation, from its inception after an argument with his ex-wife to its unraveling following a traffic stop. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "A man posed for months as an ICE agent. A traffic stop led his girlfriend to unravel the truth.," 22 May 2018 Thanks to a generous donation from resident Howard Cook and funds raised during the nonprofit organization’s 2017 Love Lights holiday campaign, two units were purchased for resident use across various levels of care at the campus. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's Never 2 Late technology helps seniors at Three Pillars in Dousman," 26 Feb. 2018 Jousse hosts a stylish picnic on quiet Gouverneur Beach where notable resident Roman Abramovich is re-fortifying the dunes with hundreds of new plants. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We Went This Weekend: Toronto, Denver and St. Barts," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The senior citizen dinner was attended by roughly 60 residents and featured performances from the Olmsted Falls Middle School’s Golden Harmonies choir and a trio of Olmsted Falls High School trumpeters. John Benson,, "Olmsted Falls City Schools host senior citizens for dinner and high school tour," 10 June 2019 Mesa and Tucson, by comparison, have more than 500,000 residents and Phoenix's population tops 1.6 million. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Scottsdale tourism executive tops metro Phoenix for pay. Some residents are asking why," 10 June 2019 Josh Lavallee Division 1: Central Catholic | Sophomore The Bradford resident and MVC Tournament champ shot a 2-over-par (74) to capture the Division 2 state title., "2018-19 Boys' Golf All-Scholastics," 10 June 2019 That leaves some residents and public health experts questioning whether New York officials have taken the right steps to get this outbreak under control. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, "As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help," 10 June 2019 Support services are available to residents and their families. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid and GHBA council partner on two charity projects," 9 June 2019 During last week’s discussion on the homeless count at the Board of Supervisors meeting, dozens of residents and housing advocates spoke about the issue. Joel Rubin,, "As homeless crisis worsens in L.A, the county leans on city officials to act," 8 June 2019 For the 22nd year running, residents and visitors to San Jose on Saturday got a taste of Portuguese culture and cuisine at the annual Dia de Portugal. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "San Jose celebrates Portuguese community with linguica, malasadas and family," 8 June 2019 Many businesses and residents are most concerned about the traffic the apartments will bring to the area, where finding parking is already difficult. Caroline Glenn,, "Ivanhoe Village merchants ‘excited and terrified’ to see how new apartments change the neighborhood," 7 June 2019

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


res·​i·​dent | \ ˈre-zə-dənt How to pronounce resident (audio) \

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 How to pronounce resident (audio) \

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

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resident adjective

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