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Definition of Residence

(noun) A place where an individual or group lives; a dwelling; a home.

Examples of Residence

Types of Residence

Residence Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: res·i·dence

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /rEz-uh-duhns/
  • British English – /rE-zi-duhns/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈrɛz(ə)d(ə)ns/
  • British English – /ˈrɛzᵻd(ə)ns/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: residences
  • The terms “residence” and “home” are often used interchangeably. However, home has a connotation of family and embodied knowledge.
  • A legal residence refers to an individual’s permanent residence.
  • Also called:
    • abode
    • domicile
    • dwelling
    • house
  • A (noun) resident (verb) resides in a residence often in a (adjective) residential area and has (noun) residency.

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Goldscheider, Frances, and Berna Torr. 2007. “Leaving Home in the Transition to Adulthood.” Pp. 2571 in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by G. Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Works Consulted

Andersen, Margaret L., and Howard Francis Taylor. 2011. Sociology: The Essentials. 6th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (https://wordnet.princeton.edu/).

Random House Webster’s College Dictionary. 1997. New York: Random House.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Residence

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “residence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/residence/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

residence. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/residence/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “residence.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/residence/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“residence.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/residence/>.