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

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