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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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

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Some demonstrators warned that provinces outside of Paris would suffer most from the reforms, that would see some smaller law firms to shutter because of higher taxes. Washington Post, "French professionals join forces to protest pension changes," 16 Sep. 2019 When the cows come home Attracting farmers, dairymen, residents, and visitors, the centuries-old almabtriebs (cattle processions) of Tirol and neighboring provinces honor the cows’ successful summer production with parades, feasts, and dancing. Danielle Bernabe, National Geographic, "Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival," 15 Sep. 2019 The hand-holding Lovers of Valdaro, who died nearly 6,000 years ago, were buried in Italy’s northern province of Mantua, and there have been similar findings in other countries, including Greece, Turkey, Romania and Siberia. NBC News, "'Lovers of Modena': Hand-holding Roman skeletons were both men, researchers discover," 13 Sep. 2019 In addition, the TFS mandates that participating states and provinces pony up extra credits as insurance, in case fires or other natural disasters accidentally release carbon that was stored for offsets. Los Angeles Times, "The world is watching as California weighs controversial plan to save tropical forests," 13 Sep. 2019 Luigi, 87, was born on July 28, 1932 in Sepino, province of Campobasso, Italy and was the son of the late Giuseppe and Filomena (D'Anello) Gaetani., "Luigi Gaetani," 12 Sep. 2019 The province retains its strong cultural affinity with Hong Kong. The Economist, "China says Hong Kong’s protesters have the mainland in their sights," 12 Sep. 2019 The compound includes a surgical hospital and pediatric center, with 18 small clinics spread across the province. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 That's because one of the largest flying animals to ever exist called the province home. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive ‘Ice Dragon’ Ruled the Skies Above Ancient Alberta," 11 Sep. 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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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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