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 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 Nakamura, 73, was a highly respected aid worker known through the whole of eastern Afghanistan for successfully carrying out many development and agriculture projects, said Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of Nangahar provincial council. Washington Post, "Prominent Japanese aid worker and associates murdered in eastern Afghanistan," 4 Dec. 2019 In northern Kunduz Province, the Taliban attacked security outposts on the highway connecting Kunduz with Takhar Province on Sunday, killing 11 soldiers in several hours of fighting, said Safiullah Amiri, the deputy of the provincial council. Fahim Abed, New York Times, "U.S. Drone Killed Afghan Civilians, Officials Say," 1 Dec. 2019 The day that Zubair left Shirzad for Jalalabad, Muhammad Ajmal Omar, a member of Nangarhar’s provincial council, left Jalalabad for Shirzad. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Shattered Afghan Dream of Peace," 21 Oct. 2019 Mohammad Afzel Hadid, head of the provincial council in Balkh, says that Tuesday’s late afternoon crash was the result of a technical problem on the outskirts of Mazar-e Sharif, the capital of Balkh. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Afghan officials: Military chopper crashes, killing 7," 15 Oct. 2019 The civilian deaths occurred during the second of two raids undertaken in different areas of Musa Qala, Attahullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said. BostonGlobe.com, "KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.," 24 Sep. 2019 Attahullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said there were two separate raids in different areas of Musa Qala. chicagotribune.com, "40 civilians killed at wedding party in Afghanistan raid on Taliban hideouts, officials say," 23 Sep. 2019 The civilian deaths occurred during the second of two raids undertaken in different areas of Musa Qala, Attahullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said. Rahim Faiez, Anchorage Daily News, "40 civilians killed in US-backed raid on Taliban, Afghan officials say," 23 Sep. 2019 Twenty bodies and 95 wounded people had been evacuated from the blast site, said Haji Atta Jan Haqbayan, a member of the provincial council in Qalat. NBC News, "Taliban car bomb kills at least 20 in southern Afghanistan," 19 Sep. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provincial. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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