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residence Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
    • a person can have several residences
  2. noun the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
    • he refused to live in the governor's residence
  3. noun the act of dwelling in a place
    abidance; residency.
  4. noun a large and imposing house
    mansion; manse; hall; mansion house.

Res"i*dence noun
F. résidence. See Resident.
  1. 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.
    The confessor had often made considerable residences in Normandy. Sir M. Hale.
  2. The place where one resides; an abode; a dwelling or habitation; esp., a settled or permanent home or domicile. "Near the residence of Posthumus." Shak.
    Johnson took up his residence in London. Macaulay.
  3. (Eng.Eccl.Law) The residing of an incumbent on his benefice; -- opposed to nonresidence.
  4. The place where anything rests permanently.
    But when a king sets himself to bandy against the highest court and residence of all his regal power, he then, . . . fights against his own majesty and kingship. Milton.
  5. Subsidence, as of a sediment. Obs. Bacon.
  6. That which falls to the bottom of liquors; sediment; also, refuse; residuum. Obs. Jer. Taylor. Syn. -- Domiciliation; sojourn; stay; abode; home; dwelling; habitation; domicile; mansion.

Webster 1913