[ rez-i-duhnt ]
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  1. a person who resides in a place.

  2. a physician who joins the medical staff of a hospital as a salaried employee for a specified period to gain advanced training usually in a particular field, being in full-time attendance at the hospital and often living on the premises.

  1. a diplomatic representative, inferior in rank to an ambassador, residing at a foreign court.

  2. (formerly) a representative of the British governor general at a court in India.

  3. (formerly) the governor of a residency in the Dutch East Indies.

  1. residing; dwelling in a place.

  2. living or staying at a place in discharge of duty.

  1. (of qualities) existing; intrinsic.

  2. (of birds) not migratory.

  3. Computers.

    • encoded and permanently available to a computer user, as a font in a printer's ROM or software on a CD-ROM.

    • (of a computer program) currently active or standing by in computer memory.

Origin of resident

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Middle French, from Latin resident- (stem of residēns ), present participle of residēre “to reside”; see reside, -ent

Other words from resident

  • res·i·dent·ship, noun
  • pseu·do·res·i·dent, adjective

Words that may be confused with resident

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How to use resident in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for resident


/ (ˈrɛzɪdənt) /

  1. a person who resides in a place

  2. social welfare an occupant of a welfare agency home: Former name: inmate

  1. (esp formerly) a representative of the British government in a British protectorate

  2. (esp in the 17th century) a diplomatic representative ranking below an ambassador

  3. (in India, formerly) a representative of the British governor general at the court of a native prince

  4. a bird or other animal that does not migrate

  5. US and Canadian a physician who lives in the hospital where he or she works while undergoing specialist training after completing his or her internship: Compare house physician

  6. British and NZ a junior doctor, esp a house officer, who lives in the hospital in which he or she works

  1. living in a place; residing

  2. living or staying at a place in order to discharge a duty, etc

  1. (of qualities, characteristics, etc) existing or inherent (in)

  2. (of birds and other animals) not in the habit of migrating

Derived forms of resident

  • residentship, noun

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