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

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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 Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest and received the Nobel Peace Prize, has defended the government's attacks on the Rohingya, at times justifying them as part of a war against Islamist extremists in the province. Conor Finnegan, ABC News, "Biden threatens sanctions, weighs 'coup' label for Myanmar military's takeover," 1 Feb. 2021 Although there are also militant groups in Baluchistan that stage attacks on soldiers, separatists also often attack troops in the province, prompting authorities to detain suspects. Abdul Sattar, Star Tribune, "Group: Pakistani Baloch dissident buried amid high security," 25 Jan. 2021 When a body goes unclaimed in the province, the office of the Public Trustee of Nova Scotia takes over. New York Times, "A Black Literary Trailblazer’s Solitary Death: Charles Saunders, 73," 21 Jan. 2021 Such disputes take place alongside a number of armed insurrections and mini civil wars: in Kashmir, in Tibet, in the province of Balochistan, and in the Terai region in Nepal. Akash Kapur, The New Yorker, "Can We See Past the Myth of the Himalaya?," 18 Jan. 2021 Hebei health officials did not give the woman’s age but have previously said all critical cases in the province were patients over 60 years old. Washington Post, "China bars two members of WHO coronavirus mission as depleted team reaches Wuhan," 14 Jan. 2021 The attack came after a relative lull in nearly a year of violence against the mainly Shiite Hazara minority in the province. NBC News, "Islamic State claims responsibility for attack that killed 11 in Pakistan," 3 Jan. 2021 Hospitalizations in the province have increased 74% and intensive care unit admissions are up 80% in recent weeks, according to a news release detailing shutdown restrictions. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "Canadian province of Ontario will shut down the day after Christmas," 21 Dec. 2020 Officials in the province of Quebec said Gisèle Lévesque, an 89-year-old resident at a Quebec City nursing home, received an injection of the vaccine produced by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE at around 11:30 a.m. ET. WSJ, "Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Death Toll Tops 300,000," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Province.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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