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.
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.”
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. Watts.
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.
n 1: the territory occupied by one of the constituent
administrative districts of a nation; "his state is in
the deep south" [syn: state]
2: the proper sphere or extent of your activities; "it was his
province to take care of himself" [syn: responsibility]