Definition of residentiary in English:



  • 1Relating to or involving residence in an establishment or place.

    • ‘And the division of labour, trade, and inter-industry transactions developed in the residentiary sector.’
    • ‘The ‘residentiary' sector appears as the key to economic transformation.’
    • ‘This is not only a saving to the proprietor, but in a county where hay and corn are scarce commodities, must be an object of importance to the residentiary population.’
    1. 1.1Required to live officially in a cathedral or collegiate church.
      • ‘He took up the post of executive secretary of the Board of Mission, which was linked to being a residentiary canon at Bradford Cathedral.’
      • ‘The responses received also included questionnaires filled in by 100 licensed lay workers, 56 archdeacons, 18 bishops, 13 deans or provosts and 61 residentiary canons.’
      • ‘And why do we need three residentiary canons at the cathedral?’
      • ‘She became one of the first women ordained to the priesthood in 1994, moving to Salisbury the following year as canon treasurer, one of the cathedral's three residentiary canons.’
      • ‘The cathedral has been run by the senior residentiary canon.’


  • A residentiary canon.

    • ‘The present Bishop of Chichester holds the Archdeaconry of the Diocese, and is a Residentiary in the Cathedral Church, where he was enthroned March 8, 1798.’
    • ‘Damett was a canon 1419-36, becoming a residentiary in May 1427.’
    • ‘Sir Frederick was appointed precentor whilst a non-residentiary in 1855, but became a residentiary in 1886, three years before his death.’
    inhabitant, local
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Early 16th century (as a noun): from medieval Latin residentiarius, from Latin resident- remaining (see resident).