- The definition of a province is a specific area or location within a country or state that is often a subset of a larger union.
Ontario is an example of a province of Canada.
- any of the outside territories controlled and ruled by ancient Rome
- an administrative division of a country; specif., any of the ten main administrative divisions of Canada
- a territorial district; territory
- the parts of a country removed from the capital and the populated, cultural centers
- proper duties or functions; sphere: enforcing the laws does not fall within the province of this commission
- an area, division, or branch of learning or activity
- a division of a country under the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
- a division of the world, smaller than a region, with reference to the plants or animals found there
Origin of provinceOld French ; from Classical Latin provincia, province ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form prowo- (; from base an unverified form pro-) from source Classical Greek prōira, prow, Old English frea, lord
- A territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire.
- Ecclesiastical A division of territory under the jurisdiction of a metropolitan.
- provinces Areas of a country situated away from the capital or population center.
- An area of knowledge, activity, or interest: a topic falling within the province of ancient history. See Synonyms at field.
- The range of one's proper duties and functions; scope.
- Ecology An area of land, less extensive than a region, having a characteristic plant and animal population.
- Any of various lands outside Italy conquered by the Romans and administered by them as self-contained units.
Origin of provinceMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin prōvincia.
- A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level.
- A territorial area within a country.
- A jurisdiction; a (literal or figurative) area of authority.
- (UK) Northern Ireland
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 (frauja, “lord, master”), Old English frēa (“ruler, lord, king, master”). See also frow.