What is a province?

What is a province? Here are some definitions.

  1. A region of the earth or of a continent; a district or country. [from 14th c.]
  2. An administrative subdivision of certain countries, including Canada and China. [from 14th c.]
  3. (Roman history) An area outside Italy which is administered by a Roman governor. [from 14th c.]
  4. (Christianity) An area under the jurisdiction of an archbishop, typically comprising a number of adjacent dioceses. [from 14th c.]
  5. (plural) The parts of a country outside its capital city. [from 17th c.]
  6. An area of activity, responsibility; the proper concern of a particular person or concept. [from 17th c.]
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