[proh-vuh n-sahl, prov-uh n-; French praw-vahn-sal]
- of or relating to Provence, its people, or their language.
Origin of Provençal
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Examples from the Web for provencal
While the humans are entertaining enough in this Provencal matinee, the bird is the star.One Perfect Summer Day in Virginia Woolf, Saul Bellow and Others
September 25, 2013
Clemence joked that with a Provencal like him you could never wash out the oil stains.L'Assommoir
All were amiable and highly polished, like all the Provencal nobility.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
She became abstracted and uneasy; jealousy of the Provencal possessed her.
For days has the pale Provencal been closeted with lawyers; but there is no hope in litigation.
Then I have a Provencal book on hand, and (interlusive) a Provencal romance.William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)
Elizabeth A. Sharp
- relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Provence, its inhabitants, their dialect of French, or their Romance language
- a language of Provence, closely related to Catalan, French, and Italian, belonging to the Romance group of the Indo-European family. It was important in the Middle Ages as a literary language, and attempts have been made since the 19th century to revive its literary statusSee also langue d'oc
- a native or inhabitant of Provence
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Word Origin and History for provencal
1580s, from French Provençal, from Provence (see Provence). As a name of a language from 1640s. In reference to a style of cooking, attested from 1841.
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