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From Middle English residence, from Old French residence, from Medieval Latin residentia, from residēns, present participle of resideō.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹɛz.ɪ.dəns/
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residence (countable and uncountable, plural residences)

  1. The place where one lives (resides); one's home.
  2. A building or portion thereof used as a home, such as a house or an apartment therein.
  3. The place where a corporation is established.
  4. The state of living in a particular place or environment.
  5. Accommodation for students at a university or college.
  6. The place where anything rests permanently.
  7. subsidence, as of a sediment
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], →OCLC:
      Separation [] is wrought by Weight; as in the ordinary Residence or Settlement of Liquors.
  8. That which falls to the bottom of liquors; sediment; also, refuse; residuum.
    • 1638, Jeremy Taylor, Sermon on Gunpowder Treason:
      waters of a muddy residence
  9. (espionage) Synonym of rezidentura

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residence f (plural residences)

  1. residence (place where one resides)

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residence oblique singularf (oblique plural residences, nominative singular residence, nominative plural residences)

  1. residence (place where one resides)