Province vs Principality - What's the difference?

province | principality |


As nouns the difference between province and principality

is that province is a subdivision of government usually one step below the national level; (canada) one of ten of canada's federated entities, recognized by the constitution and having a separate representative of the sovereign (compare territory) while principality is (obsolete) the state of being a prince or ruler; sovereignty, absolute authority.

As a proper noun province

is (british) northern ireland.

province

Noun

(en noun)
  • A subdivision of government usually one step below the national level; (Canada) one of ten of Canada's federated entities, recognized by the Constitution and having a separate representative of the Sovereign (compare territory).
  • A territorial area within a country.
  • A jurisdiction; a (literal or figurative) area of authority.
  • Derived terms

    * provincehood * provincewide

    Coordinate terms

    * canton * county * department * oblast * shire * state

    Proper noun

  • (British) Northern Ireland
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    principality

    English

    Noun

    (principalities)
  • (obsolete) The state of being a prince or ruler; sovereignty, absolute authority.
  • A region or sovereign nation headed by a prince or princess.
  • * 1990 , (Peter Hopkirk), The Great Game , Folio Society 2010, p. 14:
  • At this time Russia consisted of a dozen or so principalities , which were frequently at war with one another.
  • (theology) A spiritual being, specifically in Christian angelology, the fifth level of angels, ranked above powers and below dominions.
  • See also

    * choirs of angels * dominion * power