an administrative division or unit of a country.
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.
- sub·prov·ince, noun
- provenance, province
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How to use province in a sentence
Like so many towns, provinces and countries across the globe this past year, the Swiss village of Zermatt could have acted sooner.How a Swiss Ski Resort Was Ravaged by Typhoid and Survived | Daniel Malloy | September 9, 2020 | Ozy
Most of my canoe travel has been in the rock-and-pine Canadian Shield terrain of my home province of Ontario.How (and Why) to Execute the Perfect Canoe Portage | Alex Hutchinson | September 9, 2020 | Outside Online
Increasingly priced out of their own cities, Poles are already buying fixer-uppers in provinces like Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where some villages now boast a Polish population of 20 percent and more.Eastern Germany Picks Up Polish for Children’s Future | Charu Kasturi | September 8, 2020 | Ozy
Every province provides direct subsidies, such as unemployment insurance, to the poor.Haves and Have-Nots: Pandemic Recovery Explodes China’s Wealth Gap | Daniel Malloy | August 19, 2020 | Ozy
The most recent outbreak was in a province called Treinta y Tres that is close to the Brazilian border, and this was the second outbreak we had of Brazilian origin.
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.
In Afghanistan, there was a push to take back the southern province Helmand.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War | Nancy A. Youssef | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Umar Farooq | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Three kids play cricket among the crude gravestones in a cemetery that is the largest in the province.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You would not think it too much to set the whole province in flames so that you could have your way with this wretched child.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But the Mexicans were not the people to give up their best province so easily.
Then affairs almost reached the point where the province was in hostile array, one side against another.
Hitherto the discalced Franciscan religious of this province have had charge of their spiritual matters.
The ship has anchored in the province of Ylocos, eighty leguas from here, as the weather does not permit it to come to this port.
British Dictionary definitions for province
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
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