[ in-rez-i-duhns ]


  1. assigned to a staff position in an institution such as a college or university, while allowed sufficient time to pursue one's own professional work, study, or research (usually used in combination):

    a poet-in-residence at the university.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of in-residence1

First recorded in 1835–45

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Idioms and Phrases

Committed to live and work in a certain place, often for a specific length of time. For example, He loved being the college's poet in residence . This expression, dating from the 1300s, originally referred to ecclesiastical clerics whose presence was required in a specific church. It was extended to other appointments in the mid-1800s.

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Example Sentences

The subject heading ran: James Lasdun, important information about your "writer-in-residence"

He is a columnist for the Boston Globe and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Suffolk University.

He is author-in-residence at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and historian-in residence at Bob Dylan's official Web site.

He is a columnist for the Boston Globe and Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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in reservein respect to