Definitions for provinceˈprɒv ɪns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prov•inceˈprɒv ɪns(n.)

  1. an administrative division or unit of a country, esp. any of the 10 principal political units of Canada.

    Category: Government

  2. the provinces, the parts of a country outside of the capital or the largest cities.

  3. a country, territory, district, or region.

  4. a major region of the earth or biosphere. a biogeographic zone characterized by its dominant plants and animals.

    Category: Geography (terms), Ecology

  5. a department or branch of learning or activity:

    the province of mathematics.

  6. a sphere or field of activity or authority, as of a person.

  7. an ecclesiastical territorial division, as that within which an archbishop or a metropolitan exercises jurisdiction.

    Category: Religion

  8. a country or territory of the Roman Empire outside of Italy administered by a governor sent from Rome.

    Category: Ancient History

Origin of province:

1300–50; ME < MF < L prōvincia province, official charge

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, province(noun)

    the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

    "his state is in the deep south"

  2. province, responsibility(noun)

    the proper sphere or extent of your activities

    "it was his province to take care of himself"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. province(noun)ˈprɒv ɪns

    a division of a country with its own government

    Canadian provinces


  1. province(Noun)

    A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level.

  2. province(Noun)

    A territorial area within a country.

  3. province(Noun)

    A jurisdiction; a (literal or figurative) area of authority.

  4. province(ProperNoun)

    Northern Ireland

Webster Dictionary

  1. Province(noun)

    a country or region, more or less remote from the city of Rome, brought under the Roman government; a conquered country beyond the limits of Italy

  2. Province(noun)

    a country or region dependent on a distant authority; a portion of an empire or state, esp. one remote from the capital

  3. Province(noun)

    a region of country; a tract; a district

  4. Province(noun)

    a region under the supervision or direction of any special person; the district or division of a country, especially an ecclesiastical division, over which one has jurisdiction; as, the province of Canterbury, or that in which the archbishop of Canterbury exercises ecclesiastical authority

  5. Province(noun)

    the proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere

  6. Province(noun)

    specif.: Any political division of the Dominion of Canada, having a governor, a local legislature, and representation in the Dominion parliament. Hence, colloquially, The Provinces, the Dominion of Canada


  1. Province

    A province is a territorial unit, almost always an administrative division, within a country or state.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'province' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4025

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'province' in Nouns Frequency: #1300

Translations for province

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a division of a country, empire etc

Britain was once a Roman province.

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