noun, plural res·i·den·cies.

  1. residence(def 3).
  2. the position or tenure of a medical resident.
  3. (formerly) the official residence of a representative of the British governor general at a native Indian court.
  4. (formerly) an administrative division of the Dutch East Indies.

noun plural -cies

  1. a variant of residence
  2. a regular series of concerts by a band or singer at one venue
  3. US and Canadian the period, following internship, during which a physician undergoes further clinical training, usually in one medical speciality
  4. (in India, formerly) the official house of the governor general at the court of a native prince

1570s, “residence;” see resident + -cy. Hospital sense is from 1924.


  1. The period during which a physician gets specialized clinical training.

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