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

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 Recovered property, Chagrin River Road: An ODOT worker turned over a driver's license and other cards belonging to a Gates Mills resident May 1. Andy Attina /,, "Bus drives off road while transporting students to prom: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 9 May 2018 The caller gave the resident information to contact a credit reporting agency, but the resident later learned this was a scam. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Police: Online pizza orders placed with fraudulent credit cards in Northrbook," 30 Mar. 2018 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

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For most of January, county officials urged residents in 22 municipalities in the Mon Valley nearby to limit outdoor activities out of concern for high levels of sulfur dioxide, and U.S. Steel has begun offering free health screenings. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Pittsburgh Air-Quality Problem Recalls the Bad Old Days," 12 Mar. 2019 The ongoing project, carried out in partnership with the local Tepe community, the Venuart Group, and the Kuşadası municipality, is using more than 50,000 liters of Marshall paint to brighten the town (and the lives of its residents). Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "A Resort Town In Turkey Painted Homes To Look Like A Rainbow, And It's An Instagram Dream," 28 Jan. 2019 In Detroit, Cass Community Social Services is extending homeownership to residents in need by developing a neighborhood of tiny homes, which are affordable to people earning less than $10,000 a year. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 While visiting Brinsworth House in Twickenham, the Duchess of Sussex talked to residents and helped them decorate a sign at the residential care center with festive name tags and crafts. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Handwriting Is Insanely Perfect," 19 Dec. 2018 The royal couple brought plenty of holiday cheer with their visit to residents, following Kensington Palace's announcement that Kate has been named patron of the hospital. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Struck the Festive-But-Chic Balance in a Green Polka Dot Dress from L.K.Bennett," 11 Dec. 2018 Not only are the building’s public areas furnished by Minotti, but also the individual residences—right down to Minotti Cucine kitchens and free interior design services for residents. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Just Outside Miami, New Development 2000 Ocean Is Redefining Luxury, One Minotti Furnishing at a Time," 18 Jan. 2019 Plenty of users on social media took to Twitter to share their sightings of November's thundersnow with other residents. Megan Stein, Country Living, "What Is Thundersnow? Everything to Know About the Rare Weather Phenomenon," 26 Nov. 2018 Almost 90,000 residents could gain coverage if Medicaid expansion were to go into effect in that state. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Voter Initiatives, Including Medicaid Expansion, Could Get Harder to Pass," 17 Feb. 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

Other Words from resident

resident adjective

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