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prov·ince

 (prŏv′ĭns)
n.
1. A territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire.
2. Ecclesiastical A division of territory under the jurisdiction of a metropolitan.
3. provinces Areas of a country situated away from the capital or population center.
4. An area of knowledge, activity, or interest: a topic falling within the province of ancient history. See Synonyms at field.
5. The range of one's proper duties and functions; scope.
6. Ecology An area of land, less extensive than a region, having a characteristic plant and animal population.
7. Any of various lands outside Italy conquered by the Romans and administered by them as self-contained units.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōvincia.]

province

(ˈprɒvɪns)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a territory governed as a unit of a country or empire
2. (Human Geography) a district, territory, or region
3. (Human Geography) 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
4. (Biology) ecology a subdivision of a region, characterized by a particular fauna and flora
5. (Education) an area or branch of learning, activity, etc
6. the field or extent of a person's activities or office
7. (Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church Church of England an ecclesiastical territory, usually consisting of several dioceses, and having an archbishop or metropolitan at its head
8. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a major administrative and territorial subdivision of a religious order
9. (Historical Terms) history a region of the Roman Empire outside Italy ruled by a governor from Rome
[C14: from Old French, from Latin prōvincia conquered territory]

prov•ince

(ˈprɒv ɪns)

n.
1. an administrative division or unit of a country, esp. any of the 10 principal political units of Canada.
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. a major region of the earth or biosphere.
b. a biogeographic zone characterized by its dominant plants and animals.
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.
8. a country or territory of the Roman Empire outside of Italy administered by a governor sent from Rome.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin prōvincia province, official charge]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.province - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nationprovince - the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division - a district defined for administrative purposes
commonwealth - the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
country, land, state - the territory occupied by a nation; "he returned to the land of his birth"; "he visited several European countries"
eparchy - a province in ancient Greece
American state - one of the 50 states of the United States
Italian region - Italy is divided into 20 regions for administrative purposes
Canadian province - Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes
Australian state - one of the several states constituting Australia
Soviet Socialist Republic - one of the states that formerly made up the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922-1991)
2.province - the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his province to take care of himself"
arena, domain, sphere, orbit, area, field - a particular environment or walk of life; "his social sphere is limited"; "it was a closed area of employment"; "he's out of my orbit"
ecclesiastical province - the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order; "the general of the Jesuits has several provinces under him"

province

noun
1. region, section, county, district, territory, zone, patch, colony, domain, dependency, tract the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost province
2. area, business, concern, responsibility, part, line, charge, role, post, department, field, duty, function, employment, capacity, orbit, sphere, turf (U.S. slang), pigeon (Brit. informal) Industrial research is the province of the Department of Trade and Industry.

Canadian provinces

ProvinceAbbreviation
AlbertaAB
British ColumbiaBC
ManitobaMB
New BrunswickNB
NewfoundlandNF
Northwest TerritoriesNWT
Nova ScotiaNS
NunavutNU
OntarioON
Prince Edward IslandPE
QuebecPQ
SaskatchewanSK
Yukon TerritoryYT

South African provinces and provincial capitals

ProvinceCapital
Eastern CapeBisho
Free StateBloemfontein
GautengJohannesburg
KwaZulu-NatalPietermaritzburg
LimpopoPietersburg
MpumalangaNelspruit
North-WestMafikeng
Northern CapeKimberley
Western CapeCape Town

province

noun
1. An area subject to rule by an outside power:
2. A sphere of activity, experience, study, or interest:
Slang: bag.
Translations
إقْليم، مُقاطَعَه
provincie
provins
läänimaakuntaprovinssi
skattland; fylki; héraî
provincia
provincialusprovincija
perifērijaprovince
provincia
pokrajina
областпаланка
provins
tỉnh

province

[ˈprɒvɪns] N
1. (Geog) → provincia f
they live in the provincesviven en provincias
2. (fig) (= area of knowledge, activity etc) → esfera f, campo m; (= jurisdiction etc) → competencia f
it's not within my provinceno es de mi competencia
3. (Rel) → arzobispado m

province

[ˈprɒvɪns]
n
(region of a country)province f
(area of responsibility or competence) [person] → domaine m
provinces npl (away from the capital city) the provinces → la province

province

n
Provinz f
provinces pl the provincesdie Provinz
(fig: = area of knowledge, activity etc) → Gebiet nt, → Bereich m; it’s not (within) my provincedas fällt nicht in meinen Bereich or mein Gebiet; it’s outside the province of sciencees liegt außerhalb des wissenschaftlichen Gebiets or Bereichs
(= area of authority)Kompetenzbereich m; that’s not my provincedafür bin ich nicht zuständig

province

[ˈprɒvɪns] nprovincia
they live in the provinces → vivono in provincia
it's not within my province (fig) → questo non rientra nel mio campo

province

(ˈprovins) noun
a division of a country, empire etc. Britain was once a Roman province.
proˈvincial (-ˈvinʃəl) adjective
References in classic literature ?
Cleric had explained to us that `patria' here meant, not a nation or even a province, but the little rural neighbourhood on the Mincio where the poet was born.
The lengthened sheet of the Champlain stretched from the frontiers of Canada, deep within the borders of the neighboring province of New York, forming a natural passage across half the distance that the French were compelled to master in order to strike their enemies.
This sluggishness on Colonel Pyncheon's part became still more unaccountable, when the second dignitary of the province made his appearance, and found no more ceremonious a reception.
Unbending the rigid folds of the parchment cover, I found it to be a commission, under the hand and seal of Governor Shirley, in favour of one Jonathan Pine, as Surveyor of His Majesty's Customs for the Port of Salem, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay.
But in all vessels this broom business is the prescriptive province of the boys, if boys there be aboard.
Some few hands are reserved called ship-keepers, whose province it is to work the vessel while the boats are pursuing the whale.
It has been so many years my province to give advice, that you cannot be surprized, Mr.
Heathcliff would as soon permit that as he would set up Hareton in an independent house; and I can see no remedy, at present, unless she could marry again; and that scheme it does not come within my province to arrange.
Chateau and hut, stone face and dangling figure, the red stain on the stone floor, and the pure water in the village well--thousands of acres of land--a whole province of France--all France itself--lay under the night sky, concentrated into a faint hair-breadth line.
They could scarcely be supposed to have any bearing on the death of Jacob, his old partner, for that was Past, and this Ghost's province was the Future.
I replied, with all due deference to his experience (but with more deference, I am afraid, to his being Dora's father), that perhaps it was a little nonsensical that the Registry of that Court, containing the original wills of all persons leaving effects within the immense province of Canterbury, for three whole centuries, should be an accidental building, never designed for the purpose, leased by the registrars for their Own private emolument, unsafe, not even ascertained to be fire-proof, choked with the important documents it held, and positively, from the roof to the basement, a mercenary speculation of the registrars, who took great fees from the public, and crammed the public's wills away anyhow and anywhere, having no other object than to get rid of them cheaply.
And so unmeasureable is the ambition of princes, that he seemed to think of nothing less than reducing the whole empire of Blefuscu into a province, and governing it, by a viceroy; of destroying the Big-endian exiles, and compelling that people to break the smaller end of their eggs, by which he would remain the sole monarch of the whole world.