In English propinsi = either district, or province (in the case of Indonesia), but the literal meaning would probably be rather "province", I think, because they are cognate.
"Indonesia is divided into provinces (Indonesian: Provinsi)."
"Regencies and cities are divided into subdistricts. By referring to the second administrative division (i.e. propinsi) as Districts, the official English transliteration of the third administrative division is Subdistricts."
But,generally, there are differences between districts and provinces: