province

A province is a region within a country. If you travel to Canada, you'll have to decide whether you want to go to the province of Quebec, or Saskatchewan, or one of the other 8 provinces in that enormous country.

Many countries are divided into provinces. In the U.S. we don't have official provinces; we have states and counties. But we can use province in its other meaning, which is "the sphere of one's activities." If you manage a coffee shop and sit there reading and drinking coffee even when you're not working, then that shop is your province.

Definitions of province
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n the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

Synonyms:
state
Examples:
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Guangdong province
a province in southern China
Gansu province
a province in north-central China; formerly part of the Silk Road to Turkistan and India and Persia
Hebei province
a populous province in northeastern China
Hunan province
a province in southeastern central China between the Nan Ling mountains and the Chang Jiang; noted for its timber and valuable mineral resources
Szechwan province
a populous province of south central China
Yunnan province
a province of southern China
Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
an autonomous province in far northwestern China on the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan; the largest province in the People's Republic of China and the homeland of the Uighur people
Inner Mongolia
an autonomous region of northeastern China that was annexed by the Manchu rulers in 1635 and became an integral part of China in 1911
Yucatan
a state of Mexico on the northern part of the Yucatan Peninsula
Campeche
a Mexican state on the eastern part of the Gulf of Campeche
Chihuahua
a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
Coahuila
a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau
Quintana Roo
a Mexican state on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula
Tabasco
a Mexican state on the Gulf of Campeche
Lower Saxony
a state in northwestern Germany
Bavaria
a state in southern Germany famous for its beer; site of an automobile factory
Kosovo
a Serbian province in southern Serbia and Montenegro populated predominantly by Albanians
Bosnia
the northern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Tirol
a picturesque mountainous province of western Austria and northern Italy
Assam
state in northeastern India
Karnataka
state in southern India; formerly Mysore
Manipur
state in northeastern India
Andhra Pradesh
a state of southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal
Bihar
a state of northeastern India
Goa
a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony
Gujarat
an industrialized state in western India that includes parts of Bombay
Tamil Nadu
a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras
Uttar Pradesh
a state in northern India
Orissa
state in eastern India on the Bay of Bengal
West Bengal
a state in eastern India
Indonesian Borneo
the part of Indonesia on the southern side of the island of Borneo
Friesland
one of the northernmost provinces of the Netherlands
Orange Free State
a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997
Transvaal
a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers
Cape of Good Hope Province
a former province of southern South Africa that was settled by the Dutch in 1652 and ceded to Great Britain in 1814; in 1994 it was split into three new provinces of South Africa
Cape of Good Hope
a province of western South Africa
Abkhazia
an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability
Adzharia
an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea
Buganda
a state of Uganda and site of a former Bantu kingdom
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
a self-governing commonwealth associated with the United States occupying the island of Puerto Rico
Abruzzi e Molise
a mountainous region of central Italy on the Adriatic
Basilicata
a region of southern Italy (forming the instep of the Italian `boot')
Calabria
a region of southern Italy (forming the toe of the Italian `boot')
Campania
a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
Emilia-Romagna
a region of north central Italy on the Adriatic
Friuli-Venezia Giulia
a region in northeastern Italy
Latium
an ancient region of west central Italy (southeast of Rome) on the Tyrrhenian Sea
Liguria
region of northwestern Italy on the Ligurian Sea
Lombardia
a region of north central Italy bordering Switzerland
Marches
a region in central Italy
Molise
a region of south central Italy
Piedmont
the region of northwestern Italy; includes the Po valley
Apulia
a region in southeastern Italy on the Adriatic
Sardegna
the Italian region on the island of Sardinia; the kingdom of Sardinia was the nucleus for uniting Italy during the 19th century
Sicilia
the Italian region on the island of Sicily
Toscana
a region in central Italy
Trentino-Alto Adige
a region of northeastern Italy bordering Austria
Umbria
a mountainous region in central Italy
Valle D'Aosta
a region in northwestern Italy
Venezia-Euganea
a region of northeastern Italy on the Adriatic
Alberta
one of the three prairie provinces in western Canada; rich in oil and natural gas and minerals
British Columbia
a province in western Canada
Manitoba
one of the three prairie provinces in central Canada
New Brunswick
a province in southeastern Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador
a Canadian province on the island of Newfoundland and on the mainland along the coast of the Labrador Sea; became Canada's 10th province in 1949
Nova Scotia
the Canadian province in the Maritimes consisting of the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island; French settlers who called the area Acadia were exiled to Louisiana by the British in the 1750s and their descendants are know as Cajuns
Ontario
a prosperous and industrialized province in central Canada
Prince Edward Island
an island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence; the smallest province of Canada
Quebec
the largest province of Canada; a French colony from 1663 to 1759 when it was lost to the British
Saskatchewan
one of the three prairie provinces in west central Canada
Queensland
a state in northeastern Australia
New South Wales
an Australian state in southeastern Australia
Victoria
a state in southeastern Australia
Tasmania
an Australian state on the island of Tasmania
South Australia
a state in south central Australia
Western Australia
a state containing the western third of Australia
Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic
formerly the largest Soviet Socialist Republic in the USSR occupying eastern Europe and northern Asia
Camellia State
a state in the southeastern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Last Frontier
a state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union
Grand Canyon State
a state in southwestern United States; site of the Grand Canyon
Land of Opportunity
a state in south central United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Golden State
a state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes
Centennial State
a state in west central United States in the Rocky Mountains
Constitution State
a New England state; one of the original 13 colonies
Diamond State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Everglade State
a state in southeastern United States between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Empire State of the South
a state in southeastern United States; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Aloha State
a state in the United States in the central Pacific on the Hawaiian Islands
Gem State
a state in the Rocky Mountains
Land of Lincoln
a midwestern state in north-central United States
Hoosier State
a state in midwestern United States
Hawkeye State
a state in midwestern United States
Sunflower State
a state in midwestern United States
Bluegrass State
a state in east central United States; a border state during the American Civil War; famous for breeding race horses
Pelican State
a state in southern United States on the Gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate states during the American Civil War
Pine Tree State
a state in New England
Old Line State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Massachusetts
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
Great Lakes State
a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
North Star State
a midwestern state
Magnolia State
a state in the Deep South on the gulf of Mexico; one of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
Show Me State
a midwestern state in central United States; a border state during the American Civil War, Missouri was admitted to the Confederacy without actually seceding from the Union
Treasure State
a state in northwestern United States on the Canadian border
Cornhusker State
a midwestern state on the Great Plains
Battle Born State
a state in the southwestern United States
Granite State
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies
Garden State
a Mid-Atlantic state on the Atlantic; one of the original 13 colonies
Land of Enchantment
a state in southwestern United States on the Mexican border
New York State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Old North State
a state in southeastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies
Peace Garden State
a state of north central United States bordering on Canada
Buckeye State
a midwestern state in north central United States in the Great Lakes region
Sooner State
a state in south central United States
Beaver State
a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
Keystone State
a Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies
Little Rhody
a state in New England; one of the original 13 colonies; the smallest state
Palmetto State
a state in the Deep South; one of the original 13 colonies
Mount Rushmore State
a state in north central United States
Volunteer State
a state in east central United States
Lone-Star State
the second largest state; located in southwestern United States on the Gulf of Mexico
Beehive State
a state in the western United States; settled in 1847 by Mormons led by Brigham Young
Green Mountain State
a state in New England
Old Dominion State
a state in the eastern United States; one of the original 13 colonies; one of the Confederate States in the American Civil War
Evergreen State
a state in northwestern United States on the Pacific
Mountain State
a state in east central United States
Badger State
a midwestern state in north central United States
Equality State
a state in the western United States; mountainous in the west and north with the Great Plains in the east
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commonwealth
the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico)
eparchy
a province in ancient Greece
American state
one of the 50 states of the United States
Italian region
Italy is divided into 20 regions for administrative purposes
Canadian province
Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes
Australian state
one of the several states constituting Australia
Soviet Socialist Republic
one of the states that formerly made up the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922-1991)
slave state
any of the southern states in which slavery was legal prior to the American Civil War
free state
any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War
Type of:
administrative district, administrative division, territorial division
a district defined for administrative purposes

n the proper sphere or extent of your activities

“it was his province to take care of himself”
Synonyms:
responsibility
Types:
ecclesiastical province
the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order
Type of:
area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere
a particular environment or walk of life

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