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 geological 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

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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 Contrary to the stereotype of democratic socialism being the province of young millennial urbanites, Ginter was first drawn to it amidst the agricultural crises of the 1980s. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "What the Green New Deal Could Mean for Iowa," 31 Jan. 2020 The area where the plane went down in Ghazni Province, which is southwest of Kabul, is controlled by the Taliban militant group, Arif Noori, a spokesperson for the province's governor, had previously told The Associated Press. NBC News, "2 bodies recovered after U.S. military plane crashes in Afghanistan," 29 Jan. 2020 On a 15-day group tour with Wild Frontiers in and around the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, travelers go from the capital, Islamabad, to the former princely state of Chitral and on to the stunning Hunza Valley. National Geographic, "On the rise: 20 trending destinations for 2020," 29 Jan. 2020 Ghazni is one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces, with the Taliban contesting several districts. Susannah George,, "Afghan forces unable to reach site of US surveillance plane that crashed in Taliban territory," 28 Jan. 2020 The 24-page report is based on dozens of documents collected by local Syrian activists from abandoned offices in the Raqqa province, which were then provided to The Syria Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC), according to The Associated Press. Nick Givas, Fox News, "ISIS panel in Syria acts as 'judge, jury and executioner,' report finds," 17 Jan. 2020 The slowing waves gave these features their formal name: large low-shear-velocity provinces, or LLSVPs — an unmagical abbreviation that may have contributed to the topic’s low profile. Quanta Magazine, "Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus," 7 Jan. 2020 The insurgents have a strong presence in Helmand province, especially in Sangin district where the attack took place., "News of the Day From Around the World," 28 Dec. 2019 Salim Ali conducted an ornithological survey in the erstwhile Cochin and Travancore provinces, which are now part of central and southern Kerala. Aathira Perinchery, Quartz India, "Peacocks are becoming more common in Kerala. And that’s not a good sign," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of province was in the 14th century

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7 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Province.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of province

: 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 parts of a country that are away from large cities


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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