provincial

noun
pro·vin·cial | \prə-ˈvin(t)-shəl \

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 \ 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

According to census figures, there are 63 cities in Russia bigger than Saransk, but this utterly provincial town, nearly 400 miles southeast of Moscow, was the site of four matches, including invasions by fans of Peru and Colombia. Ivan Nechepurenko, New York Times, "Peeking Around Corners in the World Cup’s Provincial Cities," 14 July 2018 The peaceful rally in the northern village of Pella was the best attended of 25 events organized in provincial towns across Greece by hardliners opposing any use of the name Macedonia by the small republic to the north. Washington Post, "Greek hardliners stage rallies over Macedonia name dispute," 6 June 2018 May faced an uphill struggle to convince European Union allies to join her in blaming Russia for the March 4 poisoning of a former double agent in the provincial town of Salisbury, England. Bloomberg.com, "May Served Secrets Over Dinner to Win EU Allies for Russia Fight," 23 Mar. 2018 Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unforgettable movie, set in an unnamed provincial town, and made in France during the German Occupation, is now being screened at Film Forum. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "“This Is Our Land” and “Le Corbeau”," 5 July 2010 South Korea’s ruling party won provincial and municipal elections by a landslide, capturing 14 of 17 governorships. The Economist, "Politics this week," 14 June 2018 Overseeing the beehive is a veteran Turkish provincial official, Senol Esmer, deputy governor of the Turkish city of Gaziantep, sent here to direct al-Bab's development. Sarah El Deeb, Fox News, "Blurring the border, Turkey deepens roots in northern Syria," 19 June 2018 The Taliban claim to have taken control of key parts of the Khwaja Omari district, but provincial officials deny that. Ehsan Popalzai, CNN, "14 killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan's Ghazni province," 12 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, Unifor is lobbying city, provincial and federal government officials to preserve Downsview’s designation as an industrial site. Bloomberg.com, "Bombardier Union Seeks to Thwart Sale of Toronto Jet Facility," 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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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

: 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 \

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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