Definition of residence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrezɪdəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrezɪdəns//
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  1. 1[countable] a house, especially a large or impressive one a desirable family residence for sale (= for example, in an advertisement) 10 Downing Street is the British Prime Minister’s official residence.
  2. 2[uncountable] the state of living in a particular place They were not able to take up residence in their new home until the spring. Please state your occupation and place of residence. The flag flies when the Queen is in residence. see also hall of residence
  3. 3(also residency) [uncountable] permission to live in a country that is not your own They have been denied residence in this country. a residence permit
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting the fact of living in a place): from Old French, or from medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residere ‘remain’, from re- ‘back’ + sedere ‘sit’.Extra examples Tax breaks are often available to those buying a primary residence. The family house was sold off but she remained in residence on the ground floor. The family took up temporary residence in the manor house. The flag flying above the palace indicates that the Queen is in residence. The notice was addressed to her last known place of residence. The university has two halls of residence for its postgraduate students. Versailles was the principal residence of the kings of France until 1793. 10 Downing Street is the British Prime Minister’s official residence. This desirable family residence is situated in the heart of the town.Idioms having an official position in a particular place such as a college or university a writer in residence
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: residence