Definition of residentiary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌreziˈden(t)SHēˌerē/


1Required to live officially in a cathedral or collegiate church.
Example sentences
  • She became one of the first women ordained to the priesthood in 1994, moving to Salisbury the following year as canon treasurer, one of the cathedral's three residentiary canons.
  • And why do we need three residentiary canons at the cathedral?
  • He took up the post of executive secretary of the Board of Mission, which was linked to being a residentiary canon at Bradford Cathedral.
1.1Relating to or involving residence in an establishment or place.
Example sentences
  • And the division of labour, trade, and inter-industry transactions developed in the residentiary sector.
  • The ‘residentiary' sector appears as the key to economic transformation.
  • This is not only a saving to the proprietor, but in a county where hay and corn are scarce commodities, must be an object of importance to the residentiary population.

noun (plural residentiaries)

A residentiary canon.
Example sentences
  • Damett was a canon 1419-36, becoming a residentiary in May 1427.
  • Sir Frederick was appointed precentor whilst a non-residentiary in 1855, but became a residentiary in 1886, three years before his death.
  • The present Bishop of Chichester holds the Archdeaconry of the Diocese, and is a Residentiary in the Cathedral Church, where he was enthroned March 8, 1798.


Early 16th century (as a noun): from medieval Latin residentiarius, from Latin resident- 'remaining' (see resident).

Words that rhyme with residentiary

evidentiary, penitentiary, plenipotentiary

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Syllabification: res·i·den·ti·ar·y

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