Definitions for: Province

[n] the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in the deep south"
[n] a territorial possession controlled by a ruling state
[n] the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his province to take care of himself"

Webster (1913) Definition: Prov"ince, n. [F., fr. L. provincia; prob. fr. pro
before, for + the root of vincere to conquer. See Victor.]
1. (Roman Hist.) 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. --Wyclif
(Acts xiii. 34). Milton.

2. A country or region dependent on a distant authority; a
portion of an empire or state, esp. one remote from the
capital. ``Kingdoms and provinces.'' --Shak.

3. A region of country; a tract; a district.

Over many a tract of heaven they marched, and many a
province wide. --Milton.

Other provinces of the intellectual world. --I.

4. 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; as, the province of Canterbury, or that in
which the archbishop of Canterbury exercises
ecclesiastical authority.

5. The proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or
body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere.

The woman'sprovince is to be careful in her economy,
and chaste in her affection. --Tattler.

6. 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.

Synonyms: dominion, responsibility, state, territorial dominion, territory

See Also: Abkhaz, Abkhazia, administrative district, administrative division, Adzhar, Adzharia, American state, American Virgin Islands, Andhra Pradesh, area, arena, Assam, Australian state, Bavaria, Bihar, British Virgin Islands, Buganda, Canadian province, Chihuahua, commonwealth, country, domain, Faeroe Islands, Faeroes, Faroe Islands, Faroes, field, French Oceania, French Polynesia, Gansu, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Goa, Gujarat, Gujerat, Hebei, Hopeh, Hopei, Indonesian Borneo, Italian region, Kalimantan, Kansu, Karnataka, Kosovo, land, Lower Saxony, Macao, Macau, Madras, mandate, mandatory, Manipur, Mysore, orbit, Orissa, Palestine, possession, Sichuan, Soviet Socialist Republic, sphere, Szechuan, Szechwan, Tamil Nadu, territorial division, Tirol, Transvaal, trust territory, trusteeship, Tyrol, United States Virgin Islands, VI, Yunnan

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