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 country beyond the limits of Italy. --Wyclif (Acts xiii. 34). Milton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. A region of country; a tract; a district. [1913 Webster]

Over many a tract of heaven they marched, and many a province wide. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Other provinces of the intellectual world. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. The proper or appropriate business or duty of a person or body; office; charge; jurisdiction; sphere. [1913 Webster]

The woman'sprovince is to be careful in her economy, and chaste in her affection. --Tattler. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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