[ prov-ins ]
/ ˈprɒv ɪns /


Nearby words

  1. providential,
  2. providentially,
  3. providently,
  4. provider,
  5. providing,
  6. provincetown,
  7. provincetown print,
  8. provincewide,
  9. provincial,
  10. provincial council

Origin of province

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōvincia province, official charge

Related formssub·prov·ince, noun

Can be confusedprovenance province Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for province


/ (ˈprɒvɪns) /


Word Origin for province

C14: from Old French, from Latin prōvincia conquered territory

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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.

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