Definition of province in English:


Line breaks: prov|ince
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒvɪns


  • 1A principal administrative division of a country or empire: 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, administrative district/division/unit/area; colony, settlement, dominion, fief, protectorate, mandate, dependency, possession, holding, satellite state
  • 1.1 (the Province) British Northern Ireland: all-party talks on the future of the Province
  • 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 (the provinces) British 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.
    non-metropolitan areas/counties, the rest of the country, middle England/America, rural areas/districts, the countryside, the backwoods, the wilds, the wilderness, the back of beyond
    informal the sticks, the middle of nowhere
    North American informal the boondocks


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

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