What does province mean?

Definitions for provinceˈprɒv ɪns

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

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"


  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

  7. Origin: [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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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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dorothy Parker:

    Work is the province of cattle.

  2. Francis Bacon:

    I have taken all knowledge to by my province.

  3. Frederick II of Prussia:

    If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.

  4. Christine Lane:

    It is the province of knowledge to speak, It is the privledge of wisdom to listen.

  5. Daniel Quinn:

    We had been hearing for months about raping in our province, not just in Afghanistan.

Images & Illustrations of province

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