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[rez-i-duh n-see]
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noun, plural res·i·den·cies.
  1. residence(def 3).
  2. the position or tenure of a medical resident.
  3. (formerly) the official residence of a representative of the British governor general at a native Indian court.
  4. (formerly) an administrative division of the Dutch East Indies.
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Origin of residency

First recorded in 1570–80; resid(ent) + -ency
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  • On our way from the town to the Residency we passed Mr. Symes's house.

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    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

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

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    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

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

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    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
  1. a variant of residence
  2. a regular series of concerts by a band or singer at one venue
  3. US and Canadian the period, following internship, during which a physician undergoes further clinical training, usually in one medical speciality
  4. (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.

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residency in Medicine


  1. The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.
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