- 1A principal administrative division of certain countries or empires: Chengdu, capital of Sichuan provinceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 trainMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 provinceMore example sentences
- 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.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincia 'charge, province', of uncertain ultimate origin.