What does residence mean?

Definitions for residence
ˈrɛz ɪ dənsres·i·dence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. residence, abodenoun

    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily

    "a person can have several residences"

  2. residencenoun

    the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)

    "he refused to live in the governor's residence"

  3. residency, residence, abidancenoun

    the act of dwelling in a place

  4. mansion, mansion house, manse, hall, residencenoun

    a large and imposing house


  1. residencenoun

    The place where one lives.

  2. residencenoun

    A building used as a home.

  3. residencenoun

    The place where a corporation is established.

  4. residencenoun

    The state of living in a particular place or environment.

  5. residencenoun

    Street address of a person.

    1859 Easton, Alexander, A Practical Treatise on Street or Horse-Power Railways, p 108, "Rules adopted by the Sixth Avenue Railway, N. Y.":

  6. Etymology: From residentia, from residentem (nominative of residentis), from residere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Residencenoun

    Etymology: residence, Fr.

    Something holy lodges in that breast,
    And with these raptures moves the vocal air,
    To testify his hidden residence. John Milton.

    There was a great familiarity between the confessor and duke William; for the confessor had often made considerable residences in Normandy. Matthew Hale, Law of England.

    Within the infant rind of this small flower,
    Poison hath residence and medicine power. William Shakespeare.

    Understand the same
    Of fish within their wat’ry residence. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Caprea had been the retirement of Augustus for some time, and the residence of Tiberius for several years. Addison.

    Separation is wrought by weight, as in the ordinary residence or settlement of liquors. Francis Bacon.

    Our clearest waters, and such as seem simple unto sense, are much compounded unto reason, as may be observed in the evaporation of water, wherein, besides a terreous residence, some salt is also found. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. Residence

    A residence is a place (normally a building) used as a home or dwelling, where people reside.


  1. residence

    A residence refers to a place where a person lives or dwells. It could be a house, apartment, or other living spaces, designed as a dwelling or home. The term is generally used to describe where someone's permanent or primary home or location of domicile is situated. Residences can vary in terms of structure, size, and convenience depending on the socio-economic status of the residents.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Residencenoun

    the act or fact of residing, abiding, or dwelling in a place for some continuance of time; as, the residence of an American in France or Italy for a year

  2. Residencenoun

    the place where one resides; an abode; a dwelling or habitation; esp., a settled or permanent home or domicile

  3. Residencenoun

    the residing of an incumbent on his benefice; -- opposed to nonresidence

  4. Residencenoun

    the place where anything rests permanently

  5. Residencenoun

    subsidence, as of a sediment

  6. Residencenoun

    that which falls to the bottom of liquors; sediment; also, refuse; residuum

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A rural locality inhabited annually--for a few hours--by a rich New Yorker or Bostonian.

Editors Contribution

  1. residence

    A form of housing where a person or people live.

    The residence was on the map with a known postcode.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'residence' in Nouns Frequency: #1948

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of residence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of residence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of residence in a Sentence

  1. Kentucky Police Sgt. Dean Patterson:

    This girl came out of the wreckage herself and found the closest residence and reported the plane crash, it's a miracle in a sense that she survived it, but it's tragic that four others didn't.

  2. Robert Dana:

    It does n’t feel good, it does n’t look good, and it does n’t reflect us, we welcome displays of religious symbols in public spaces and residence hall rooms. We don’t advocate one religion over another.

  3. The Police Department:

    During the investigation, it was determined Robert Matthew Van Winkle played a role in the burglary and theft. Mr. Van Winkle is currently renovating the residence adjacent to the property in which the items were stolen. A search warrant was obtained and executed in unincorporated Palm Beach County in which several of the stolen items were recovered at a residence under the care and control of Robert Van Winkle.

  4. Pauline Musariri:

    Past is a place of reference not a place of residence.

  5. Seneca, Epistulae Morales:

    Just as I shall select my ship when I am about to go on a voyage, or my house when I propose to take a residence, so I shall choose my death when I am about to depart from life.

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