noun prov·ince \ˈprä-vən(t)s\

: any one of the large parts that some countries are divided into

: a subject or area of interest that a person knows about or is involved in

the provinces : the parts of a country that are away from large cities

Full Definition of PROVINCE

a :  a country or region brought under the control of the ancient Roman government
b :  an administrative district or division of a country
c plural :  all of a country except the metropolises
a :  a division of a country forming the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
b :  a territorial unit of a religious order
a :  a biogeographic division of less rank than a region
b :  an area that exhibits essential continuity of geological history; also :  one characterized by particular structural or petrological features
a :  proper or appropriate function or scope :  sphere <that question is outside my province>
b :  a department of knowledge or activity

Examples of PROVINCE

  1. They left the city for life in the provinces.
  2. <a legal question outside the doctor's province>

Origin of PROVINCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin provincia
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of PROVINCE

function, office, duty, province mean the acts or operations expected of a person or thing. function implies a definite end or purpose or a particular kind of work <the function of language is two-fold: to communicate emotion and to give information — Aldous Huxley>. office is typically applied to the function or service associated with a trade or profession or a special relationship to others <they exercise the offices of the judge, the priest, the counsellor — W. E. Gladstone>. duty applies to a task or responsibility imposed by one's occupation, rank, status, or calling <it is the judicial duty of the court, to examine the whole case — R. B. Taney>. province applies to a function, office, or duty that naturally or logically falls to one <I felt it was not my province to inquire — Anne Brontë>.

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PROVINCE Defined for Kids


noun prov·ince \ˈprä-vəns\

Definition of PROVINCE for Kids

:  a part of a country having a government of its own (as one of the divisions of Canada)
provinces plural :  the part or parts of a country far from the capital or chief city
:  an area of activity or authority <the province of science>


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