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 provincially (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

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

Now back to Alberta: In the provincial capital of Edmonton, house prices have been falling for three years. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Green Politics and Global Instability," 22 Jan. 2019 Iran's Khuzestan province, where Ahvaz is the provincial capital, also has seen recent protests over Iran's nationwide drought, as well as economic protests. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 2018 Image Nangarhar lies along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan, and Islamic State fighters in the area continue to threaten to stage brutal attacks in the provincial capital, even amid operations by Afghan commandos as well as American airstrikes. New York Times, "Suicide Bombing on Afghan Education Department Kills 12," 11 July 2018 Arriving at Bayan-Olgii's small provincial capital by commercial aircraft, the Silversea group transfers to rugged four-by-four vehicles for an off-road drive deep into the mountain region of Sagsai, where the eagle hunters live. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Reindeer herders, eagle hunters: New Silversea tour brings rare encounters in Mongolia," 15 June 2018 Of 22 confirmed cases, 18 are centered around the remote rural of town of Bikoro, while four have been identified in Mbandaka, a provincial capital of 1.2 million people. William Clowes, Bloomberg.com, "Ebola Vaccinations Begin While Congo Races to Tackle Disease," 21 May 2018 The provincial government directed the cuts after Canadian crude prices traded at a steep discount to U.S. oil, reaching a record difference of more than $51 a barrel in October. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "In Canada, Oil Output Cuts Pay Off as Prices Rally," 17 Jan. 2019 Still, the four were undergoing medical checks in a hospital in Chiang Rai city, the provincial capital, and were not yet allowed close contact with relatives due to fear of infections. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, chicagotribune.com, "Rescue of remaining 4 boys, coach from flooded Thai cave could take two operations," 9 July 2018 The March 3 vote by national and provincial assemblies chose half of the lawmakers in the 104-member upper house of parliament to six-year terms, replacing those who had completed their terms. Fox News, "Pakistani swears in new senators, including Hindu woman," 12 Mar. 2018

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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

noun

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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