Definition of residence in English:


Line breaks: resi|dence
Pronunciation: /ˈrɛzɪd(ə)ns


  • 1A person’s home, especially a large and impressive one: the youth hostel has been adapted from a private residence
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    • They are there in case one day someone again wants to live in the house as a private residence and restore it to its original condition.
    • Residence in Canadian cities is generally private rather than communal, dominated by private homes or residences.
    • However, he and his wife built two of the grandest private residences in the country.
    home, house, flat, apartment, place of residence, address, accommodation, place; quarters, lodgings; seat; French pied à terre
    informal pad, digs
  • 1.1The official home of a government minister or other public or official figure: the palace was designated the official residence of the head of state
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    • It is not paid to ministers with an official residence in London.
    • As Park View was considered inauspicious by many and it was dropped from the list of official residences of the Ministers.
    • We, the contestants went to the prime minister's official residence to meet with him.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] The fact of living in a particular place: Rome was his main place of residence she took up residence in Paris
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    • Domicile combines the fact of residence with the intention of not moving in future.
    • They will be eligible to permanent residence after living five years in South Korea.
    • The issue of loss of residence was balanced by the fact that they would create at least 15 jobs through the venture.


in residence

Living in a particular place: the guests currently in residence at the hotel
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  • The hotel says guest teas will stay in residence for a month and they say that subsequent delights will include Oolong Black Dragon and Jasmine Monkey King.
  • The committee members heard that it would take at least two years to close the hospital and that some patients would remain in residence over the next 24 months.
  • It used to be that if someone wanted to stay in residence for more than two years, they had to participate in the campus community.
(—— in residence) A person with a particular occupation (especially an artist or writer) paid to work in a college or other institution: he is the current artist in residence at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
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  • The Trust now holds regular readings of Wordsworth's works, using actors, and employs writers and artists in residence to breathe life into the poet's legacy.
  • In the same year he was writer in residence in Trinity College, Dublin.
  • We have had an artist in residence, drama, dance and also held out-of-school activities.


late Middle English (denoting the fact of living in a place): from Old French, or from medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residere 'remain' (see reside).

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