Definition of province noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒvɪns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːvɪns//
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  1. 1[countable] one of the areas that some countries are divided into with its own local government the provinces of Canada
  2. 2the provinces [plural] all the parts of a country except the capital city The show will tour the provinces after it closes in London. a shy young man from the provinces
  3. 3[singular] (formal) a person’s particular area of knowledge, interest or responsibility Such decisions are normally the province of higher management. I'm afraid the matter is outside my province (= I cannot or need not deal with it).
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincia ‘charge, province’, of uncertain ultimate origin.Extra examples Love should no longer be the sole province of the poet. Once the province of IT departments, these devices are emerging as consumer products. She’s from the provinces and not familiar with Rome. Spirituality is no longer regarded as the exclusive province of organized religion. The show is currently touring the provinces with a new cast. There are a number of press agencies based in London and in the provinces. the central province of Ghor Canada is divided into ten provinces and two territories.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: province