- an administrative division or unit of a country.
- the provinces,
- the parts of a country outside of the capital or the largest cities.
- (in England) all parts of the country outside of London.
- a country, territory, district, or region.
- Geography. physiographic province.
- a department or branch of learning or activity: the province of mathematics.
- sphere or field of activity or authority, as of a person; office, function, or business: Such decisions do not lie within his province.
- a major subdivision of British India.
- an ecclesiastical territorial division, as that within which an archbishop or a metropolitan exercises jurisdiction.
- any of the North American colonies now forming major administrative divisions of Canada.
- any of certain colonies of Great Britain which are now part of the U.S.
- Roman History. a country or territory outside of Italy, brought under the ancient Roman dominion and administered by a governor sent from Rome.
- Mining. an individual mineral-producing area.
Origin of province
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Examples from the Web for province
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
The U.S. military is finally starting to train Iraqi troops to fight ISIS in restive Anbar province.Pentagon Insider on New Plan to Fight ISIS: ‘Of Course It’s Not Enough’
Nancy A. Youssef
January 6, 2015
Around half the Baluch in the province are unemployed, a result, say rights groups, of longstanding marginalization by Tehran.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Three kids play cricket among the crude gravestones in a cemetery that is the largest in the province.
The violence continues, but on a scale diminished since when American bases and outposts dotted the province.
They are not the principles of a province or of a single continent.
Still she felt that it was not within her province to interfere.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
And to that old French province the Englishman of the colonies must go to find his country!Old News
Each governor, at one time, was free to do almost as he pleased in his own province.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
And who fetched them into this province, I should like to know!In the Valley
- a territory governed as a unit of a country or empire
- a district, territory, or region
- the provinces (plural) those parts of a country lying outside the capital and other large cities and regarded as outside the mainstream of sophisticated culture
- ecology a subdivision of a region, characterized by a particular fauna and flora
- an area or branch of learning, activity, etc
- the field or extent of a person's activities or office
- RC Church Church of England an ecclesiastical territory, usually consisting of several dioceses, and having an archbishop or metropolitan at its head
- a major administrative and territorial subdivision of a religious order
- history a region of the Roman Empire outside Italy ruled by a governor from Rome
Word Origin and History for province
early 14c., "country, territory, region," from Old French province "province, part of a country; administrative region for friars" (13c.) and directly from Latin provincia "territory outside Italy under Roman domination," also "a public office; public duty," of uncertain origin, usually explained as pro- "before" + vincere "to conquer" (see victor); but this does not suit the earliest Latin usages. Meaning "one's particular business or expertise" is from 1620s.