noun pro·vin·cial \prə-ˈvin(t)-shəl\

: a person who lives in or comes from a place that is far away from large cities

Full Definition of PROVINCIAL

:  the superior of a province of a Roman Catholic religious order
:  one living in or coming from a province
a :  a person of local or restricted interests or outlook
b :  a person lacking urban polish or refinement

Examples of PROVINCIAL

  1. <the confidence man figured that fleecing these provincials would be easy>


in sense 1, from Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin provincialis, from provincia ecclesiastical province; in other senses, from Latin provincialis, from provincia province
First Known Use: 14th century



: of, relating to, or coming from a province

: not knowing or caring about people and events in other places : having narrow or limited concerns or interests

Full Definition of PROVINCIAL

:  of, relating to, or coming from a province
a :  limited in outlook :  narrow
b :  lacking the polish of urban society :  unsophisticated
:  of or relating to a decorative style (as in furniture) marked by simplicity, informality, and relative plainness; especially :  french provincial
pro·vin·cial·ly \-ˈvin(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PROVINCIAL

  1. She speaks with a provincial accent.
  2. an artist who has been criticized for being provincial and old-fashioned
  3. His provincial attitude was a source of irritation for her.
  4. She is too provincial to try foreign foods.

First Known Use of PROVINCIAL

14th century


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