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[rez-i-den-shee-er-ee, -shuh-ree]
  1. residing; resident.
  2. involving or under obligation to be in official residence.
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noun, plural res·i·den·ti·ar·ies.
  1. a resident.
  2. an ecclesiastic bound to official residence.
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Origin of residentiary

1515–25; < Medieval Latin residentiārius, equivalent to residenti(a) residence + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples of residentiary

  • This balance was divided among the six residentiary canons, making 83 11s.

    Parish Priests and Their People in the Middle Ages in England

    Edward L. Cutts

  • We do not want to get rid of our Residentiary Canons, but we do want to have more of their company.

  • To the green lawns of this wide pleasaunce the houses of the residentiary Canons gave access.

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

  • It was open to every Canon to reside if he chose; and if he chose to reside, he was in every sense a Residentiary.

British Dictionary definitions for residentiary


  1. residing in a place, esp officially; resident
  2. subject to an obligation to reside in an official residencea residentiary benefice
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noun plural -tiaries
  1. a member of the clergy obliged to reside in the place of his official appointment
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