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The district into which a country has been divided; as, the province of Ontario in Canada. More loosely, a sphere of activity or a profession such as medicine or law.


noun appointment, area, assigned task, assignment, business, canton, capacity, charge, circuit, colony, compass, county, demesne, department, district, division, domain, dominion, duty, field, function, job, occupation, office, orbit, part, precinct, provincia, realm, region, scope, section, specialty, sphere, territory, tract
See also: ambit, bailiwick, capacity, circuit, coverage, department, district, division, domain, jurisdiction, locality, occupation, part, pursuit, purview, realm, region, role, scope, section, sphere, territory, vicinity

PROVINCE. Sometimes this signifies the district into which a country has been divided; as, the province of Canterbury, in England the province of Languedoc, in France. Sometimes it means a dependency or colony; as, the province of New Brunswick. It is sometimes used figuratively, to signify power or authority; as, it is the province of the court to judge of the law, that of the jury to decide on the facts.

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With these words Colonel Joliffe threw on his cloak, and drawing his granddaughter's arm within his own, retired from the last festival that a British ruler ever held in the old province of Massachusetts Bay.
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8 percent) and southwestern province of Burdur (59.