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.
3. A region of country; a tract; a district.
Over many a tractMilton.
of heaven they marched, and many a province wide.
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.
(Pro*vin"cial) a. [L. provincialis: cf. F. provincial. See Province, and cf. Provencal.]
1. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
2. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not
polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal. "Provincial airs and graces." Macaulay.
3. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as,
a provincial synod. Ayliffe.
4. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal. [Obs.]
With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes.Shak.
1. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
2. (R. C. Ch.) A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the
religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order.
(Pro*vin"cial*ism) n. [Cf. F. provincialisme.] A word, or a manner of speaking, peculiar
to a province or a district remote from the mother country or from the metropolis; a provincial characteristic; hence,
narrowness; illiberality. M. Arnold.
(Pro*vin"cial*ist), n. One who lives in a province; a provincial.
(Pro*vin`ci*al"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being provincial; peculiarity of language characteristic
of a province. T. Warton.
(Pro*vin"cial*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Provincialized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Provincializing ]
To render provincial. M. Arnold.
(Pro*vin"cial*ly), adv. In a provincial manner.
(Pro*vin"ci*ate) v. t. To convert into a province or provinces. [Obs.] Howell.