residency

Your residency is where you live, officially. A residency is also a temporary professional visit, like when a doctor does a residency at a hospital or a poet does a residency at a school.

When someone emigrates to another country, they don't just visit temporarily — they gain residency in the new country, becoming a legal resident. And if you get a driver's license, you'll get it in the state where you have residency. Another way to use this noun is to mean "a stage of medical training." After attending medical school, new doctors have a residency at a hospital, where they specialize in a particular branch of medicine.

Definitions of residency
  1. noun
    the act of dwelling in a place
    synonyms: abidance, residence
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    types:
    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)
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  2. noun
    the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
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    type of:
    berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot
    a job in an organization
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