[non-rez-i-duh nt]


not resident in a particular place.
not residing where official duties require a person to reside.


a person who is nonresident.

Origin of nonresident

First recorded in 1520–30; non- + resident
Related formsnon·res·i·dence, non·res·i·den·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of non-resident

Historical Examples of non-resident

  • He was non-resident, and the numerous churches were served by a curate.

    The Parish Clerk (1907)

    Peter Hampson Ditchfield

  • It was also represented on the board of instruction by a non-resident lecturer.

    Unitarianism in America

    George Willis Cooke

  • In all there were about two hundred thousand non-resident voters in England and Wales.

  • The non-resident trapper has to pay a license of fifteen dollars and the local trapper a license of three dollars.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper

    Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

  • Don Ramón would receive orders to carry his district for some non-resident, who might not have lived there more than a day or two.

    The Torrent

    Vicente Blasco Ibaez

British Dictionary definitions for non-resident



a person who is not residing in the place implied or specifiedthe hotel restaurant is open to nonresidents
a British person employed abroad on a contract for a minimum of one year, who is exempt from UK income tax provided that he does not spend more than 90 days in the UK during that tax year


not residing in the place specified
Derived Formsnonresidence or nonresidency, noun
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Word Origin and History for non-resident

also nonresident, early 15c., from non- + resident.

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