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

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

In the past, China has sometimes struggled with environmental enforcement at the local level when provincial and city governments prioritized economic development over the environment. Fang Zhang, The Conversation, "China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies," 12 Sep. 2019 How did a provincial club in a sleepy city 25 miles away from Milan get to this stage? SI.com, "Atalanta: Why La Dea Could Be the Surprise Package in This Season's Champions League," 9 Sep. 2019 Mr Neumann recalls his unsuccessful effort to persuade Mr Ghani’s predecessor to sack a provincial governor convicted of selling heroin in America. The Economist, "Trumped by the Taliban," 5 Sep. 2019 The nation’s capital was still viewed as a provincial Southern town. Smithsonian, "The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Club," 4 Sep. 2019 The vote is considered crucial because a new constitutional amendment has decentralized power so that provincial governors will now be elected directly, rather than appointed by the central government. Washington Post, "Pope makes strategic visit to Mozambique after peace deal," 4 Sep. 2019 Taliban fighters attacked Pul-i-Kumri from two directions early Sunday, said Mahmood Haqmal, a spokesman for the provincial governor. David Zucchino, BostonGlobe.com, "Taliban attack 2d Afghan city in 2 days as peace deal nears," 1 Sep. 2019 The spokeswoman for Krakow's provincial governor, Joanna Pazdzio, told The Associated Press at least three people, including a child, were killed in the lightning strike. Fox News, "Lightning strike in Poland, heavy thunderstorm blamed for several deaths, injuries in Tatra Mountains," 23 Aug. 2019 The provincial governor, Ibrahim Kohdr al-Salem, was eager to stress that the government was devoting more resources to veterans’ families. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria," 20 Aug. 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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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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