[ rez-i-duh n-see ]
/ ˈrɛz ɪ dən si /

noun, plural res·i·den·cies.

the position or tenure of a medical resident.
(formerly) the official residence of a representative of the British governor general at a native Indian court.
(formerly) an administrative division of the Dutch East Indies.

Nearby words

  1. resht,
  2. reshuffle,
  3. reside,
  4. residence,
  5. residence time,
  6. resident,
  7. resident alien,
  8. resident commissioner,
  9. residential,
  10. residential care

Origin of residency

First recorded in 1570–80; resid(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for residency


/ (ˈrɛzɪdənsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

a variant of residence
a regular series of concerts by a band or singer at one venue
US and Canadian the period, following internship, during which a physician undergoes further clinical training, usually in one medical speciality
(in India, formerly) the official house of the governor general at the court of a native prince
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Word Origin and History for residency



1570s, "residence;" see resident + -cy. Hospital sense is from 1924.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for residency


[ rĕzĭ-dən-sē ]


The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.

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