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 Dictionary entry overview: What does province mean? 

  The noun PROVINCE has 2 senses:

1. the territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation
2. the proper sphere or extent of your activities

  Familiarity information: PROVINCE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1province [BACK TO TOP]


The territory occupied by one of the constituent administrative districts of a nation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position


province; state

Context example:

his state is in the deep south

Hypernyms ("province" is a kind of...):

administrative district; administrative division; territorial division (a district defined for administrative purposes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "province"):

commonwealth (the official name of some states in the United States (Massachusetts and Pennsylvania and Virginia and Kentucky) and associated territories (Puerto Rico))

Canadian province (Canada is divided into 12 provinces for administrative purposes)

eparchy (a province in ancient Greece)

American state (one of the 50 states of the United States)

Instance hyponyms:

Uttar Pradesh (a state in northern India)

Madras; Tamil Nadu (a state in southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal (south of Andhra Pradesh); formerly Madras)

Gujarat; Gujerat (an industrialized state in western India that includes parts of Bombay)

Goa (a state of southwestern India; a former Portuguese colony)

Bihar (a state of northeastern India)

Andhra Pradesh (a state of southeastern India on the Bay of Bengal)

Manipur (state in northeastern India)

Karnataka; Mysore (state in southern India; formerly Mysore)

Orissa (state in eastern India on the Bay of Bengal)

West Bengal (a state in eastern India)

Indonesian Borneo; Kalimantan (the part of Indonesia on the southern side of the island of Borneo)

Buganda (a state of Uganda and site of a former Bantu kingdom)

Adzhar; Adzharia (an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea)

Abkhaz; Abkhazia (an autonomous province of Georgia on the Black Sea; a strong independence movement has resulted in much instability)

Soviet Socialist Republic (one of the states that formerly made up the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (1922-1991))

Cape of Good Hope (a province of western South Africa)

Cape Colony; Cape of Good Hope Province; Cape 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)

Transvaal (a province of northeastern South Africa originally inhabited by Africans who spoke Bantu; colonized by the Boers)

Free State; Orange Free State (a province in central South Africa that was colonized by the Boers; named Free State in 1997)

Friesland (one of the northernmost provinces of the Netherlands)

Assam (state in northeastern India)

Tirol; Tyrol (a picturesque mountainous province of western Austria)

Australian state (one of the states constituting Australia)

Inner Mongolia; Nei Monggol (an autonomous region of northeastern China that was annexed by the Manchu rulers in 1635 and became an integral part of China in 1911)

Sinkiang; Xinjiang; 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)

Yunnan; Yunnan province (a province of southern China)

Sichuan; Szechuan; Szechwan; Szechwan province (a populous province of south central China)

Hunan; 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)

Hebei; Hebei province; Hopeh; Hopei (a populous province in northeastern China)

Gansu; Gansu province; Kansu (a province in north-central China; formerly part of the Silk Road to Turkistan and India and Persia)

Guangdong; Guangdong province; Kwangtung (a province in southern China)

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)

Bosnia (the northern part of Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Kosovo (a Serbian province in southern Serbia and Montenegro populated predominantly by Albanians)

Italian region (Italy is divided into 20 regions for administrative purposes)

Bavaria (a state in southern Germany famous for its beer; site of an automobile factory)

Lower Saxony (a state in northwestern Germany)

Tabasco (a Mexican state on the Gulf of Campeche)

Quintana Roo (a Mexican state on the eastern side of the Yucatan Peninsula)

Coahuila (a state in northern Mexico; mostly high plateau)

Holonyms ("province" is a member of...):

country; land; state (the territory occupied by a nation)

Sense 2province [BACK TO TOP]


The proper sphere or extent of your activities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


province; responsibility

Context example:

it was his province to take care of himself

Hypernyms ("province" is a kind of...):

area; arena; domain; field; orbit; sphere (a particular environment or walk of life)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "province"):

ecclesiastical province (the district within the jurisdiction of an archbishop or a metropolitan or one of the territorial divisions of an ecclesiastical order)

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