prov·​ince | \ ˈprä-vən(t)s How to pronounce province (audio) \

Definition of province

1a : a country or region brought under the control of the ancient Roman government
b : an administrative district or division of a country
c provinces plural : all of a country except the metropolises
2a : a division of a country forming the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
b : a territorial unit of a religious order
3a : a biogeographic division of less rank than a region
b : an area that exhibits essential continuity of geologic history also : one characterized by particular structural or petrological features
4a : proper or appropriate function or scope : sphere that question is outside my province
b : a department of knowledge or activity

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of province in a Sentence

They left the city for life in the provinces. a legal question outside the doctor's province
Recent Examples on the Web Ukraine’s presidential office said a series of Russian strikes in the past 24 hours also killed civilians in eastern Ukraine — four in the northeastern Kharkiv region and another four in Donetsk province. Francesca Ebel,, 1 July 2022 Officers were called to the Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, a suburb on the edge of East London in Eastern Cape province, on Sunday morning at around 4 a.m. local time, according to police. Liezl Thom, ABC News, 30 June 2022 Small details, perhaps, but respect for province matters. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 Hainan is building a name for luxury whisky Also beginning to carve out a similar niche is the duty-free island province of Hainan in China. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 28 June 2022 Athlenda Mathe said the investigation into the deaths at the Enyobeni Tavern in the city of East London in Eastern Cape province was ongoing and no cause of the deaths had yet been established. Gerald Imray, ajc, 27 June 2022 Rantjie says the owner of the tavern has not been arrested but the province’s Liquor Board will shut down the pub Monday to allow for investigations to be completed. Larry Madowo, CNN, 27 June 2022 The Russians and separatists control about half of Donetsk, the second province in the Donbas. David Keyton, John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, 26 June 2022 Nayib Khan lost 16 members of his family when their homes collapsed on top of them in Gayan, in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan, when the quake struck at around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Esmatullah Kohsar, WSJ, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of province

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for province

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin provincia

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“Province.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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prov·​ince | \ ˈprä-vəns How to pronounce province (audio) \

Kids Definition of province

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

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