noun prov·ince \ ˈprä-vən(t)s \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of province

1 a : 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
2 a : a division of a country forming the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
b : a territorial unit of a religious order
3 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
4 a : proper or appropriate function or scope : sphere
  • that question is outside my province
b : a department of knowledge or activity

Examples of province in a Sentence

  1. They left the city for life in the provinces.

  2. a legal question outside the doctor's province

Recent Examples of province from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of province

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin provincia

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

PROVINCE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of province for English Language Learners

  • : 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

PROVINCE Defined for Kids


noun prov·ince \ ˈprä-vəns \

Definition of province for Students

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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