Definition of province in English:


Syllabification: prov·ince
Pronunciation: /ˈprävins


  • 1A principal administrative division of certain countries or empires: Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province
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    • That country is made up of three old Ottoman Empire provinces and they do have secessionist tendencies.
    • The train is intended to ease congestion caused by more than 300 000 cars a day travelling between the province's two principal cities.
    • Although there are provincial divisions, provinces tend to identify with one another by region.
    territory, region, state, department, canton, area, district, sector, zone, division
  • 1.1 (the provinces) The whole of a country outside the capital, especially when regarded as lacking in sophistication or culture: I made my way home to the dreary provinces by train
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    • The overwhelming majority of its members are women from the provinces, that is outside the National Capital District.
    • He issued a decree appealing to his ministers in the capital and in the provinces to publicize his reform edicts, in the hope that Chinese public opinion would rally to his support.
    • Liberal and democratic periodicals flourished both in the capital and the provinces.
  • 1.2 Christian Church A district under an archbishop or a metropolitan.
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    • The American Church is the wealthiest of all 38 Anglican provinces, and dioceses such as Liberia are almost entirely dependent on its support.
    • Along with the Diocese of Ferns and Ossory it is part of the Dublin province with the Archbishop of Dublin as its metropolitan.
    • Bishop Packer will act as chief consecrator on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Metropolitan of the province.
  • 1.3 Roman History A territory outside Italy under a Roman governor.
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    • Then in 61-60 he served as governor of the Roman province of Further Spain.
    • His provincial command included the Roman province of southern Gaul.
    • The Romans named the province Dalmatia after the largest and bravest of the tribes living on the coast.
  • 2 (one's province) An area of special knowledge, interest, or responsibility: she knew little about wine—that had been her father’s province
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    • To my fancy he was making a great fuss about nothing, but it was not my province to say so.
    • Mr Holloway said it was not his province to decide on his own jurisdiction; he could enquire into it, but only make an observation.
    responsibility, area of activity, area of interest, knowledge, department, sphere, world, realm, field, domain, territory, orbit, preserve; business, affair, concern; specialty, forte; jurisdiction, authority
    informal bailiwick, turf


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincia 'charge, province', of uncertain ultimate origin.

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