Origin of residence

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin residentia, equivalent to Latin resid(ēre) to reside + -entia -ence

Synonyms for residence

1. habitation, domicile. 1, 2. See house. 2. mansion. 5. stay, abode, sojourn. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for residence



the place in which one resides; abode or home
a large imposing house; mansion
the fact of residing in a place or a period of residing
the official house of the governor of any of various countries
the state of being officially present
in residence
  1. actually residentthe royal standard indicates that the Queen is in residence
  2. designating a creative artist resident for a set period at a university, college, etc, whose role is to stimulate an active interest in the subjectcomposer in residence
the seat of some inherent quality, characteristic, etc
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Word Origin and History for residence

late 14c., "act of dwelling; dwelling place," from Old French residence, from Medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residentem (nominative residens) "residing, dwelling," present participle of residere "reside" (see reside). Also borrowed into German (Residenz), Dutch (residentie).

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Medicine definitions for residence




A medical residency.
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