from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A historical region and former province of southeast France bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. It was settled c. 600 B.C. by Greeks and later by Phoenician merchants and was colonized by Rome in the second century B.C. Provence became part of the kingdom of Arles in 933 A.D. and later passed to the Angevin dynasty (1246) and to France (1486).
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- proper n. A maritime region of southeastern France bordering Italy
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- n. a former province of southeastern France; now administered with Cote d'Azur
French Provence. (Wiktionary)