- 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.
province definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old 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
province definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A territory governed as an administrative or political unit of a country or empire.
- A division of territory under the jurisdiction of an archbishop.
- provinces Areas of a country situated away from the capital or population center.
- A comprehensive 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 or jurisdiction.
- 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: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prōvincia.