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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 ?
The union is composed of seven coequal and sovereign states, and each state or province is a composition of equal and independent cities.
The union of Utrecht, says another respectable writer, reposes an authority in the States-General, seemingly sufficient to secure harmony, but the jealousy in each province renders the practice very different from the theory.
He had spent a whole month in Moscow with nothing to do, when Sergey Ivanovitch, who had property in the Kashinsky province, and took great interest in the question of the approaching elections, made ready to set off to the elections.
The marshal of the province in whose hands the law had placed the control of so many important public functions--the guardianship of wards (the very department which was giving Levin so much trouble just now), the disposal of large sums subscribed by the nobility of the province, the high schools, female, male, and military, and popular instruction on the new model, and finally, the district council--the marshal of the province, Snetkov, was a nobleman of the old school,--dissipating an immense fortune, a good-hearted man, honest after his own fashion, but utterly without any comprehension of the needs of modern days.
The sign represented the front of a stately edifice, which was designated as the "OLD PROVINCE HOUSE, kept by Thomas Waite.
The family of which Rose-Marie-Victoire Cormon was the present representative had been in earlier days among the most considerable in the province.
THE city of Gakwak being about to lose its character of capital of the province of Ukwuk, the Wampog issued a proclamation convening all the male residents in council in the Temple of Ul to devise means of defence.
Tu Fu, whom his countrymen called the God of Verse, was born in the province of Hu-Kuang, and this was his portrait from contemporaries:
It is true that Colonel Shute had probably never led so unquiet a life while fighting the French as he did now, while governing this province of Massachusetts Bay.
I find that I look at this province with very different eyes from what I did upon my first arrival.
It is natural for us who were not living in those days to imagine that when half Russia had been conquered and the inhabitants were ficeing to distant provinces, and one levy after another was being raised for the defense of the fatherland, all Russians from the greatest to the least were solely engaged in sacrificing themselves, saving their fatherland, or weeping over its downfall.
The provinces are inhabited by Moors, Pagans, Jews, and Christians: the last is the reigning and established religion.