the provinces

plural noun

: the parts of a country that are away from large cities
They left the city for life in the provinces.

Examples of the provinces in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a trip to Asia last fall, the California governor reached similar agreements with China, the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu, and the municipalities of Beijing and Shanghai. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 Families are also known to congregate at cemeteries to pay respect to deceased mothers, aunts, and grandmothers – particularly those who live in the provinces outside of the capital of Lima, said Gonzales. Mary Cunningham, CBS News, 12 May 2024 Trouble is, the populace is restless, the provinces fractious, and the tribes growing - all equally expect patronage to flow their way in return for the Barzanis keeping their grip on power. Melik Kaylan, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 In past decades, the court had at least occasionally stood up for personal freedoms, and for the rights of the provinces, acting as a modest brake on the arbitrary exercise of state power. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Exiled from Moscow to the provinces, he was arrested again in 1938 and died, of uncertain causes, in a transit camp. Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 There are also Canadian locations in the provinces of Ontario and Ottawa. Sean Krofssik, Hartford Courant, 15 Jan. 2024 About 25 miles in the distance, Mount Amiata looms, an extinct volcano set between the provinces of Siena and Grosseto and the source of the hot springs. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 27 Dec. 2023 Newsom is visiting Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu. Huizhong Wu, Fortune, 25 Oct. 2023

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'the provinces.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near the provinces

Cite this Entry

“The provinces.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20provinces. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!