AskDefine | Define resident

Dictionary Definition

resident adj
1 living in a particular place; "resident aliens" [ant: nonresident]
2 used of animals that do not migrate [syn: nonmigratory] [ant: migratory]


1 someone who lives at a particular place for a prolonged period or who was born there [syn: occupant, occupier]
2 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; "the resident was receiving special clinical training at the hospital" [syn: house physician, resident physician]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈɹɛzɪd(ə)nt/
  • /"rEzId(@)nt/


From , from , from resident, residens, pp. of residere.


  1. person, animal or plant living at a location or in an area
  2. a graduated medical student who is receiving advanced training in a specialty
    • She's a resident in neurosurgery at Mass General.


persons living at a location or an area
graduate medical student receiving medical training


  1. the person on hand who is the strongest in a particular skill or profession
    • He is our resident UNIX expert.
  2. a student in the medical profession who watches a licensed doctor in order to learn a skill

Extensive Definition

A resident is a person who maintains a residency in a given place.
Resident may also refer to:
resident in French: Résident
resident in Indonesian: Residen
resident in Dutch: Resident

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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