Origin of province

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōvincia province, official charge
Related formssub·prov·ince, noun
Can be confusedprovenance province

Synonyms for province

5. area. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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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