feminine noun
1. (general) 
a. province 
La provincia de Madrid tiene más y más habitantes cada año.The province of Madrid has more and more inhabitants every year.
1. (división administrativa) 
a. province 
provinciasthe provinces
1 (distrito) province; (España) (Administración) county
la capital de la provincia the provincial capital; las Provincias Vascongadas (Hist) the Basque Provinces; the Basque Country
de provincias: un pueblo de provincias a country town; a provincial town; lleva una vida de provincias she lives a provincial life; una gira por provincias a tour of the provinces
Spain is divided into 55 administrative provincias, including the islands and Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa. Each one has a capital de provincia, which generally has the same name as the province itself. Provincias are grouped by geography, history and culture into comunidades autónomas.
note See culture box in entry comunidad.
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