[rez-i-den-shuh l]
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Origin of residential

1645–55; < Medieval Latin residenti(a) residence + -al1
Related formsres·i·den·ti·al·i·ty [rez-i-den-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛz ɪˌdɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/, nounres·i·den·tial·ly, adverbnon·res·i·den·tial, adjectivepseu·do·res·i·den·tial, adjectivequa·si-res·i·den·tial, adjectivequa·si-res·i·den·tial·ly, adverbun·res·i·den·tial, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for residential

uptown, populous, urban

Examples from the Web for residential

Contemporary Examples of residential

Historical Examples of residential

  • The business and residential portion had gradually shifted northward.

    Novel Notes

    Jerome K. Jerome

  • Batavia is the business quarter of the city; Weltevreden the residential.

  • The streets were practically deserted in the residential part of the town.

    Brand Blotters

    William MacLeod Raine

  • He was a member of the residential colony who had made Florence their home.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • I chose the district carefully, because it was residential, and not commercial.


    Barry Pain

British Dictionary definitions for residential


  1. suitable for or allocated for residencea residential area
  2. relating to or having residence
Derived Formsresidentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for residential

1650s, "serving as a residence," from resident (n.) + -ial. Meaning "having to do with housing" is from 1856.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper