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

n any address at which you dwell more than temporarily

“a person can have several residences
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
Type of:
the place where a person or organization can be found or communicated with

n 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
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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the residence of a sovereign or nobleman
the official residence of a dean
the residence of a clergyman (especially a Presbyterian clergyman)
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)
any of various Spanish fortresses or palaces built by the Moors
a religious residence especially for nuns
glebe house
a parsonage (especially one provided for the holder of a benefice)
the residence of a religious community
religious residence in a monastery governed by a prior or a convent governed by a prioress
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a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families

n a large and imposing house

hall, manse, mansion, mansion house
Buckingham Palace
the London residence of the British sovereign
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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a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families

n the act of dwelling in a place

abidance, residency
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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