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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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 The China Daily newspaper said in 2016 that the party has a total of 2,900 training centers nationwide at different levels of government, ranging from county to provincial. Emily Wang Fujiyama, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 The fans won on Tuesday, an indication of how their sense of ownership over clubs and their traditions can be mobilized in ways that might seem quaint and provincial in the American context. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 22 Oct. 2019 Many of the new ministers are provincials with little experience of Delhi. The Economist, 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, 24 June 2018 The powerless anger at being outvoted by provincials is familiar to people in U.S. big cities. Leonid Bershidsky, Twin Cities, 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, 6 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The year before the killing, Russian agents poisoned a former Russian agent and his daughter in a provincial English city. NBC News, 15 Dec. 2021 On August 6th, the Taliban captured Zaranj, in Nimruz Province, in the south, the first provincial capital to fall. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2021 Witnesses, meanwhile, said an explosion targeted a Taliban vehicle in the eastern provincial city of Jalalabad, and hospital officials said five people were killed in the second such deadly blast in as many days in the Islamic State stronghold. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Once the first provincial capital city surrendered this month, the big collapses came as fast as the Taliban could travel. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 On Sunday, Taliban forces mostly overran the provincial capital city of Sar-e-Pul, also in the country's north. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 The Taliban launched a sweeping offensive across Afghanistan last month, taking advantage of the U.S. military withdrawal, but so far haven't fully seized any provincial capital city. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 7 July 2021 Atta Jan Haqbayan, the provincial council chief in Zabul province, said the local capital of Qalat fell and that officials were in a nearby army camp preparing to leave. Tameem Akhgar, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 After the latest fire, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi ordered the dismissal of a hospital director and the provincial health chief. New York Times, 17 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provincial. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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