residence

The house or apartment where you live is your place of residence. If you're house proud, it means you keep your residence nice and tidy.

The act of living in a place is also called residence. You might take up residence in an ancient oak tree when the city threatens to cut it down, for example. The official home of a person in a position of power — like a monarch or a president — is also called a residence. The official residence of the British Prime Minister is 10 Downing Street, and the residence of the President of the United States is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Definitions of residence
  1. noun
    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
    “a person can have several residences
    synonyms: abode
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    domicile, legal residence
    (law) the residence where you have your permanent home or principal establishment and to where, whenever you are absent, you intend to return; every person is compelled to have one and only one domicile at a time
    home, place
    where you live at a particular time
    home away from home, home from home
    a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home
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    address
    the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with
  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
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    Vatican Palace
    the residence of the Catholic Pope in the Vatican City
    White House
    the government building that serves as the residence and office of the President of the United States
    Mount Vernon
    the former residence of George Washington in northeastern Virginia overlooking the Potomac river
    Alhambra
    a fortified Moorish palace built near Granada by Muslim kings in the Middle Ages
    Lateran Palace
    a palace that served as the residence of the popes until the 14th century
    Tuileries Palace
    palace and royal residence built for Catherine de Medicis in 1564 and burned down in 1871; all that remains today are the formal gardens
    Palace of Versailles
    a palace built in the 17th century for Louis XIV southwest of Paris near the city of Versailles
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    court
    the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
    deanery
    the official residence of a dean
    manse
    the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
    palace
    official residence of an exalted person (as a sovereign)
    parsonage, rectory, vicarage
    an official residence provided by a church for its parson or vicar or rector
    cloister, religious residence
    residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery)
    alcazar
    any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
    convent
    a religious residence especially for nuns
    glebe house
    a parsonage (especially one provided for the holder of a benefice)
    monastery
    the residence of a religious community
    priory
    religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
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    house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
  3. noun
    a large and imposing house
    synonyms: hall, manse, mansion, mansion house
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    Buckingham Palace
    the London residence of the British sovereign
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    manor, manor house
    the mansion of a lord or wealthy person
    castle, palace
    a large and stately mansion
    stately home
    a mansion that is (or formerly was) occupied by an aristocratic family
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    house
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
  4. noun
    the act of dwelling in a place
    synonyms: abidance, residency
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    lodging
    the act of lodging
    occupancy, tenancy
    an act of being a tenant or occupant
    habitation, inhabitancy, inhabitation
    the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men)
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    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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