prov·ince | \ ˈprä-vən(t)s \

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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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

Since the winter of 2007-08, millions of bats in 33 states and seven Canadian provinces have died from white-nose syndrome, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "A mysterious disease is killing millions of bats. These scientists are trying to save them.," 12 July 2018 At least seven out of 14 districts in the southern Helmand province are completely under Taliban control. Rahim Faiez, Fox News, "Peace in Afghanistan more elusive as Taliban shrug off talks," 11 July 2018 More than half of the nitrogen in the Gulf of Mexico, for example, comes from agricultural runoff from the 31 states and two Canadian provinces. Emily Hopkins, Indianapolis Star, "In Hendricks County, Ronald Reagan Parkway extension pits science against growth," 9 July 2018 People from both nations walk their dogs, and a high school track team runs laps in the preserve, jointly managed by Washington state and the province of British Columbia. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great places to explore along the Canadian border," 29 June 2018 In the course of seven hours on a recent Wednesday, 25 people made the trek at an unofficial border crossing between New York state and the Canadian province of Quebec. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "New Migrant Surge Tests Canada’s Welcoming Stance," 15 May 2018 Streets east and west are named for states or provinces. Amy Aumick,, "Explore Florida's Putnam County: Flower power reigns in tiny town," 6 May 2018 Today, the syndrome has been documented in 32 states and five Canadian provinces, and scientists are working to find out if there’s a cure and where the fungus originated, according to Bat Conservation International. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County bat monitoring program hopes to prevent fungus killing critical mammal," 23 Apr. 2018 Brown has made fighting climate change one of his signature issues, launching his own international coalition of cities, states, provinces and countries committed to cutting their greenhouse gas emissions. David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, "End oil drilling permits in California, groups urge Governor Brown," 11 Apr. 2018

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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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Phrases Related to province

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

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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 provinces : the parts of a country that are away from large cities


prov·ince | \ ˈprä-vəns \

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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