[rez-i-duh n-see]

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.

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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Contemporary Examples of residency

Historical Examples of residency

  • On our way from the town to the Residency we passed Mr. Symes's house.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Drove to the Residency, where the fires were most acceptable.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Afterwards we strolled slowly on up the hill, towards the Residency.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Foeren was too blunt and straightforward for that; he had remained at the Residency level.

  • Nothing is now to be seen of the ruins and desolation of the Residency.

British Dictionary definitions for residency


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

residency in Medicine




The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.
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