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.


  1. Province

    A province is almost always an administrative division within a country or state. The term derives from the ancient Roman provincia, which was the major territorial and administrative unit of the Roman Empire's territorial possessions outside Italy. The term province has since been adopted by many countries. In some countries with no actual provinces, "the provinces" is a metaphorical term meaning "outside the capital city". While some provinces were produced artificially by colonial powers, others were formed around local groups with their own ethnic identities. Many have their own powers independent of central or federal authority, especially in Canada and Pakistan. In other countries, like China or France, provinces are the creation of central government, with very little autonomy.

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. Rhonda Blackmore:

    This is why Myles Sanderson need everyone in the province to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling 911 immediately, if you see the suspects and/or their vehicle, do not approach them or their vehicle, immediately leave the area, and call 911.

  2. Marta Nunes:

    The drop in new cases nationally combined with the sustained drop in new cases seen here in Gauteng province, which for weeks has been the center of this wave, indicates that we are past the peak, it was a short wave ... and the good news is that it was not very severe in terms of hospitalizations and deaths.

  3. Khaled Bahah:

    We congratulate the people of Aden and the Republic of Yemen as whole for what has been achieved in the last two days ... The government announces the liberation of Aden province.

  4. The Foreign Office:

    We are working to make available an option for British nationals to leave Hubei province.

  5. Jim Sparling:

    On a per capita basis, we are second only to Ontario (Canada's most populous province) for installed solar capacity.

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