[praw-vahns; English pruh-vahns]


a region in SE France, bordering on the Mediterranean: formerly a province; famous for medieval poetry and courtly traditions. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for provence

Contemporary Examples of provence

  • Cartier-Bresson died in Provence in 2004, but this anniversary show reinforces that he is as substantial a presence as ever.

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    The True Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Sarah Moroz

    February 13, 2014

  • Provence was where Fisher and Child, along with their friend James Beard, began to break from French traditions of cooking.

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    This Week’s Hot Reads, Oct. 21, 2013

    Thomas Flynn

    October 21, 2013

  • He does a mocking California surfer-dude accent here—or at least a surfer dude from Provence.

  • We've Always Had Paris...and Provence by Patricia and Walter Wells.

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    Edward Brown

    March 2, 2010

  • Assaud is a rock star master chef who cooks with two apprentices and has just six tables at his restaurant in Provence.

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    John Besh

    November 17, 2009

Historical Examples of provence

British Dictionary definitions for provence



a former province of SE France, on the Mediterranean, and the River Rhône: forms part of the administrative region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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Word Origin and History for provence


from French Provence, from Latin provincia "province" (see province); the southern part of ancient Gaul technically was the province of Gallia Narbonensis, but it came under Roman rule long before the rest of Gaul and as the Romans considered it the province par excellence they familiarly called it (nostra) provincia "our province."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper