from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who resides in a particular place permanently or for an extended period, as.
  • noun A diplomatic official residing in a foreign seat of government.
  • noun A colonial official acting as adviser to the ruler of a protected state, often having quasi-gubernatorial powers.
  • noun A member of an intelligence-gathering or nonuniformed law enforcement agency who resides and oversees operations in a certain locale.
  • noun One who lives in a dormitory.
  • noun A physician receiving specialized clinical training in a hospital, usually after completing an internship.
  • noun A nonmigratory bird or other animal.
  • adjective Dwelling in a particular place; residing.
  • adjective Living somewhere in connection with duty or work.
  • adjective Inherently present.
  • adjective Nonmigratory.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Residing; having a seat or dwelling; dwelling or having an abode in a place for a continuance of time.
  • Fixed; firm.
  • In zoology:
  • Remaining in a place the whole year; not migratory: said especially of birds.
  • Pertaining to or consisting of residents: as, the resident fauna; a resident theory.
  • Having one's abode in a given place in pursuit of one's duty or occupation: as, he is minister resident at that court.
  • noun One who or that which resides or dwells in a place permanently or for a considerable time; one residing: as, the American residents of Paris.
  • noun In law, one who has a residence in the legal sense. See residence.
  • noun A public minister who resides at a foreign court: the name is usually given to ministers of a rank inferior to that of ambassadors.
  • noun In zoology, an animal, or a species of animal, which remains in the same place throughout the year: distinguished from migrant or visitant: said especially of birds.
  • noun In feudal law, a tenant who was obliged to reside on his lord's land, and not to depart from it.
  • noun In India:
  • noun Previous to the organization of the civil service, a chief of one of the commercial establishments of the East India Company.
  • noun Later, a representative of the viceroy at an important native court, as at Lucknow or Delhi.
  • noun The governor of a residency in the Dutch East Indies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who resides or dwells in a place for some time.
  • noun A diplomatic representative who resides at a foreign court; -- a term usualy applied to ministers of a rank inferior to that of ambassadors. See the Note under Minister, 4.
  • adjective Dwelling, or having an abode, in a place for a continued length of time; residing on one's own estate; -- opposed to nonresident.
  • adjective obsolete Fixed; stable; certain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun person, animal or plant living at a location or in an area
  • noun a bird which does not migrate during the course of the year
  • noun a graduated medical student who is receiving advanced training in a specialty
  • noun A diplomatic representative who resides at a foreign court, usually of inferior rank to an ambassador.
  • adjective the person on hand who is the strongest in a particular skill or profession
  • adjective a student in the medical profession who watches a licensed doctor in order to learn a skill

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a physician (especially an intern) who lives in a hospital and cares for hospitalized patients under the supervision of the medical staff of the hospital
  • adjective used of animals that do not migrate
  • noun someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there
  • adjective living in a particular place


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin residens, past participle of residere ("to remain behind, reside, dwell"), from re- ("back") + sedere ("to sit").


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