Definition of residence in English:

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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;
French pied à terre
informal pad, digs
formal dwelling, dwelling place, domicile, abode, habitation
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.
occupancy, habitation, residency, inhabitation, tenancy, stay
formal abode, sojourn
rare inhabitancy, inhabitance, domiciliation, habitancy


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)1.1 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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