from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire.
- n. A division of territory under the jurisdiction of an archbishop.
- n. Areas of a country situated away from the capital or population center.
- n. A comprehensive area of knowledge, activity, or interest: a topic falling within the province of ancient history. See Synonyms at field.
- n. The range of one's proper duties and functions; scope or jurisdiction.
- n. Ecology An area of land, less extensive than a region, having a characteristic plant and animal population.
- n. Any of various lands outside Italy conquered by the Romans and administered by them as self-contained units.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level.
- n. A territorial area within a country.
- n. A jurisdiction; a (literal or figurative) area of authority.
- proper n. Northern Ireland
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A country or region, more or less remote from the city of Rome, brought under the Roman government; a conquered country beyond the limits of Italy.
- n. A country or region dependent on a distant authority; a portion of an empire or state, esp. one remote from the capital.
- n. A region of country; a tract; a district.
- n. A region under the supervision or direction of any special person; the district or division of a country, especially an ecclesiastical division, over which one has jurisdiction.
- n. The proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere.
- n. Specif.: Any political division of the Dominion of Canada, having a governor, a local legislature, and representation in the Dominion parliament. Hence, colloquially, The Provinces, the Dominion of Canada.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Originally, a country of considerable extent which, being reduced under Roman dominion, was remodeled, subjected to the rule of a governor sent from Rome, and charged with such taxes and contributions as the Romans saw fit to impose. The earliest Roman province was Sicily.
- n. An administrative division of a country: as, the provinces of Spain; the former provinces of France; more loosely, any important administrative unit, as one of the governments of Russia or of the crownlands of Austria.
- n. A part of a country or state as distinguished from the capital or the larger cities; the country: usually in the plural: as, an actor who is starring in the provinces.
- n. Eccles., the territory within which an arch bishop or a metropolitan exercises jurisdiction: as, the province of Canterbury; the province of Illinois.
- n. In the Roman Catholic Church, one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order, as of the Franciscans, or of the Propaganda.
- n. A region of country; a tract; a large extent.
- n. The proper duty, office, or business of a person; sphere of action; function.
- n. A division in any department of knowledge or activity; a department.
- n. In zoology, a prime division of animals; a phylum; a subkingdom; a branch; a type: as, in Owen's classification, the four provinces — Vertebrate., Articulata, Mollusca, and Radiata. The prime divisions of a province are called subprovinces.
- n. In zoögeog., a subregion; a faunal area less extensive than a region. Thus, the Nearctic or North American region is zoologically divided into the eastern, middle, and western provinces.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the proper sphere or extent of your activities
- n. the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōvincia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English provynce, from Old French *province, from Latin prōvincia ("territory brought under Roman domination; official duty, office, charge, province"), from Proto-Indo-European *prōw- (“right judge, master”). Cognate with Gothic 𐍆𐍂𐌰𐌿𐌾𐌰 (frauja, "lord, master"), Old English frēa ("ruler, lord, king, master"). See also frow. (Wiktionary)