provincial

noun
pro·​vin·​cial | \ prə-ˈvin(t)-shəl How to pronounce provincial (audio) \

Definition of provincial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the superior of a province of a Roman Catholic religious order
2 : one living in or coming from a province
3a : a person of local or restricted interests or outlook
b : a person lacking urban polish or refinement

provincial

adjective

Definition of provincial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or coming from a province
2a : limited in outlook : narrow
b : lacking the polish of urban society : unsophisticated
3 : of or relating to a decorative style (as in furniture) marked by simplicity, informality, and relative plainness especially : french provincial

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Other Words from provincial

Adjective

provincially \ prə-​ˈvin(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce provincial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of provincial in a Sentence

Noun the confidence man figured that fleecing these provincials would be easy Adjective She speaks with a provincial accent. an artist who has been criticized for being provincial and old-fashioned His provincial attitude was a source of irritation for her. She is too provincial to try foreign foods.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For provincials like my mother and me, Moscow meant a small break from the daily vicissitudes of late-period Soviet life. Anastasia Edel, The New York Review of Books, "A Winter’s Night at the Bolshoi, 1985," 6 Mar. 2020 Tacitus wrote of the barbarous treatment of the townspeople by the Britons, remarking that it had been reckoned that a total of 70,000 Romans and provincials were killed at Camulodunum, Londinium, and Verulamium. Richard Hingley, National Geographic, "Big, bad Boudica united thousands of ancient Britons against Rome," 22 Oct. 2019 Many of the new ministers are provincials with little experience of Delhi. The Economist, "What will Narendra Modi do in his new term as India’s prime minister?," 14 June 2019 In this novel, a motley band of provincials, army deserters, and disenchanted élites descend on Nigeria’s largest city, and story lines and twists abound. George Prochnik, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 The powerless anger at being outvoted by provincials is familiar to people in U.S. big cities. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, "Leonid Bershidsky: Why big cities will prevail over nationalism," 18 Apr. 2017 In 1985, his fellow friars elected him to help lead their work in the eastern U.S. He was named vicar provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua province for three years. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Berard Dudek, Franciscan friar and pastor," 6 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Authorities had imposed similar measures on the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang last week, barring people and vehicles from leaving the city and halting public transportation within the city. Sha Hua, WSJ, "China Reimposes Covid-19 Lockdowns as It Battles the Worst Outbreak in Months," 12 Jan. 2021 The nearest population center is Herat city, the provincial capital, 45 miles north. New York Times, "In a Village of Widows, the Opium Trade Has Taken a Deadly Toll," 27 Dec. 2020 To take the exams, Hong had to travel to the provincial capital, Guangzhou. George Brice/alamy/aci, History Magazine, "This religious revolt nearly toppled China's last imperial dynasty," 10 Dec. 2020 During these cooler months, the provincial capital Lahore, which is surrounded by rice-growing districts, is covered with thick smog. Rina Saeed Khan, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Pakistan, a 'Happy' solution to curb crop burning takes off," 8 Dec. 2020 American airstrikes pushed the Taliban back, helping to keep the provincial capital, Maiden Shah, in government hands. Los Angeles Times, "The U.S. is rushing to the exit in Afghanistan. The Taliban is filling the gaps," 7 Dec. 2020 Taliban fighters waged a series of offensives in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks and in the north the militants have repeatedly pushed closer to Kunduz’s provincial capital. Washington Post, "Rocket attack strikes downtown Kabul, killing 8," 21 Nov. 2020 More than 12,000 refugees arrived on 250 boats that came to Pemba, Cabo Delgado's provincial capital, in the last two weeks of October, reported Mediafax, citing a local government document which said more than half of the arrivals were children. Tom Bowker, Star Tribune, "At least 40 fleeing extremist violence drown in Mozambique," 4 Nov. 2020 Since the electoral college is winner-takes-all at a provincial level, smaller parties would have had no chance of winning votes in the electoral college, creating a landslide, outright victory for Justin Trudeau. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "How would Canadian, Indian, or UK elections work with an electoral college?," 30 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of provincial

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for provincial

Noun

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

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The first known use of provincial was in the 14th century

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“Provincial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provincial. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for provincial

provincial

noun
How to pronounce provincial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of provincial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

provincial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of provincial (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or coming from a province
disapproving : not knowing or caring about people and events in other places : having narrow or limited concerns or interests

provincial

adjective
pro·​vin·​cial | \ prə-ˈvin-shəl How to pronounce provincial (audio) \

Kids Definition of provincial

1 : of, relating to, or coming from a province
2 : lacking in social graces or sophistication
3 : having narrow or limited concerns or interests

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