What does Province mean?

Definitions for Province
ˈprɒv ɪnsprov·ince

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Province.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. state, provincenoun

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

    "his state is in the deep south"

  2. province, responsibilitynoun

    the proper sphere or extent of your activities

    "it was his province to take care of himself"


  1. provincenoun

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

  2. provincenoun

    A territorial area within a country.

  3. provincenoun

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

  4. provincenoun

    Northern Ireland

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROVINCEnoun

    Etymology: province, Fr. provincia, Latin.

    Those provinces these arms of mine did conquer. William Shakespeare.

    Greece, Italy and Sicily were divided into commonwealths, till swallowed up, and made provinces by Rome. William Temple.

    See them broke with toils, or sunk in ease,
    Or infamous for plunder’d provinces. Alexander Pope.

    I am fit for honour’s toughest task;
    Nor ever yet found fooling was my province. Thomas Otway.

    Nor can I alone sustain this day’s province. More.

    ’Tis thine, whate’er is pleasant, good or fair;
    All nature is thy province, life thy care. Dryden.

    ’Tis not the pretor’s province to bestow
    True freedom. John Dryden, Persius.

    The woman’s province is to be careful in her œconomy, and chaste in her affection. Tatler.

    Over many a tract
    Of heav’n they march’d, and many a province wide. John Milton.

    Their understandings are cooped up in narrow bounds; so that they never look abroad into other provinces of the intellectual world. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provincenoun

    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. Provincenoun

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

  3. Provincenoun

    a region of country; a tract; a district

  4. Provincenoun

    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. Provincenoun

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

  6. Provincenoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [F., fr. L. provincia; prob. fr. pro before, for + the root of vincere to conquer. See Victor.]


  1. Province

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Province

    prov′ins, n. a portion of an empire or a state marked off for purposes of government: a part of a country as distinguished from the capital: the district over which a governor or an archbishop has jurisdiction: a region: a business or duty: a person's business or calling: a department of knowledge.—adj. Provin′cial, relating to a province: belonging to a division of a country: local: showing the habits and manners of a province: unpolished: narrow.—n. an inhabitant of a province or country district: (R.C.) the superintendent of the heads of the religious houses in a province.—v.t. Provin′cialise, to render provincial:—pr.p. provin′cialīsing; pa.p. provin′cialīsed.ns. Provin′cialism, a manner, a mode of speech, or a turn of thought peculiar to a province or a country district: a local expression: narrowness; Provincial′ity.—adv. Provin′cially.—Provincial letters, a series of letters written (1656-57) by Pascal against the doctrines and policy of the Jesuits. [Fr.,—L. provincia, a province; perh. pro, for, vincĕre, to conquer.]

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Province in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Province in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Province in a Sentence

  1. State Mike Pompeo:

    We have a handful more flights that will be heading to China to bring Americans back home from Hubei province, the exact timing of those we're still coordinating with the Chinese government, but we anticipate that they will happen in the next handful of days and we'll return those American citizens.

  2. National Hurricane Center:

    Hurricane conditions will continue over portions of the far western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio through this evening. Tropical storm conditions are expected across the remainder of the warning areas in Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula through tonight, michael is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding over portions of western Cuba and the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico during the next couple of days.

  3. Douglas Offerman:

    If you look at what happened in Ontario, you would probably conclude that it did work out in that case, i think (the Quebec) deal speaks to the province’s desire to ensure that it remains a center for aerospace.

  4. John Lilly:

    In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.

  5. Ann Hui:

    I think Hong Kong should have its own film industry apart from co-productions with China, because even a province would like to have its local color and see its way of life in the films, hong Kong has a tradition of local films and has very distinct particulars about certain people and about certain subjects that are banned in China -- triads, horror stories, horror mixed with kung fu, kung fu mixed with comedy, that kind of genre in China right now is censored.

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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    • A. epidemic
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. aculeate
    • D. contiguous

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