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provincial

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noun pro·vin·cial \prə-ˈvin(t)-shəl\

Definition of provincial

  1. 1 :  the superior of a province of a Roman Catholic religious order

  2. 2 :  one living in or coming from a province

  3. 3a :  a person of local or restricted interests or outlookb :  a person lacking urban polish or refinement

Examples of provincial in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of provincial

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

adjective pro·vin·cial

Definition of provincial

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or coming from a province

  2. 2a :  limited in outlook :  narrowb :  lacking the polish of urban society :  unsophisticated

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a decorative style (as in furniture) marked by simplicity, informality, and relative plainness; especially :  french provincial

provincially

play \-ˈvin(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of provincial in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of provincial from the Web

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First Known Use of provincial

14th century


PROVINCIAL Defined for English Language Learners

provincial

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Definition of provincial for English Language Learners

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

provincial

adjective

Definition of provincial for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

provincial

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adjective pro·vin·cial \prə-ˈvin-shəl\

Definition of provincial for Students

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or coming from a province

  2. 2 :  lacking in social graces or sophistication

  3. 3 :  having narrow or limited concerns or interests



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