province


province
province [präv′ins]
n.
[OFr < L provincia, province < ? IE * prowo- (< base * pro-) > Gr prōira, PROW1, OE frea, lord]
1. any of the outside territories controlled and ruled by ancient Rome
2. an administrative division of a country; specif., any of the ten main administrative divisions of Canada
3.
a) a territorial district; territory
b) [pl.] the parts of a country removed from the capital and the populated, cultural centers
4. proper duties or functions; sphere [enforcing the laws does not fall within the province of this commission]
5. an area, division, or branch of learning or activity
6. a division of a country under the jurisdiction of an archbishop or metropolitan
7. a division of the world, smaller than a region, with reference to the plants or animals found there

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  • province — Province, tout pays loing hors d Italie, que les Romains avoyent vaincu à force d armes, ausquels ils envoyoyent apres des gouverneurs de leur ville, Prouincia. La quatriesme partie d une province, dont les quatre font le tout, Tetrarchia… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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  • Province — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • province — ► NOUN 1) a principal administrative division of a country or empire. 2) (the provinces) the whole of a country outside the capital, especially when regarded as lacking in sophistication or culture. 3) (one s province) an area in which one has… …   English terms dictionary

  • province — early 14c., from O.Fr. province (13c.), from L. provincia territory under Roman domination, usually explained as pro before + vincere to conquer (see VICTOR (Cf. victor)); but this does not suit the earliest Latin usages …   Etymology dictionary

  • province — 1 *field, domain, sphere, territory, bailiwick Analogous words: *limit, confine, bound, end 2 *function, office, duty Analogous words: *work, calling, pursuit, business: *task, duty, job …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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