provincial

[pruh-vin-shuhl]
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adjective
  1. belonging or peculiar to some particular province; local: the provincial newspaper.
  2. of or relating to the provinces: provincial customs; provincial dress.
  3. having or showing the manners, viewpoints, etc., considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province; rustic; narrow or illiberal; parochial: a provincial point of view.
  4. (often initial capital letter) Fine Arts. noting or pertaining to the styles of architecture, furniture, etc., found in the provinces, especially when imitating styles currently or formerly in fashion in or around the capital: Italian Provincial.
  5. History/Historical. of or relating to any of the American provinces of Great Britain.
noun
  1. a person who lives in or comes from the provinces.
  2. a person who lacks urban sophistication or broad-mindedness.
  3. Ecclesiastical.
    1. the head of an ecclesiastical province.
    2. a member of a religious order presiding over the order in a given district or province.

Origin of provincial

1300–50; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Latin prōvinciālis. See province, -al1
Related formspro·vin·cial·ly, adverbin·ter·pro·vin·cial, adjectivenon·pro·vin·cial, adjectivenon·pro·vin·cial·ly, adverbqua·si-pro·vin·cial, adjectivequa·si-pro·vin·cial·ly, adverbsem·i·pro·vin·cial, adjectivesem·i·pro·vin·cial·ly, adverbsub·pro·vin·cial, adjective, nounun·pro·vin·cial, adjectiveun·pro·vin·cial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedprovidential provincial

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provincial

adjective
  1. of or connected with a province
  2. characteristic of or connected with the provinces; local
  3. having attitudes and opinions supposedly common to people living in the provinces; rustic or unsophisticated; limited
  4. NZ denoting a football team representing a province, one of the historical administrative areas of New Zealand
noun
  1. a person lacking the sophistications of city life; rustic or narrow-minded individual
  2. a person coming from or resident in a province or the provinces
  3. the head of an ecclesiastical province
  4. the head of a major territorial subdivision of a religious order
Derived Formsprovinciality (prəˌvɪnʃɪˈælɪtɪ), nounprovincially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for provincial
adj.

late 14c., "pertaining to a province," from Old French provincial "belonging to a particular province (of friars)" (13c.), from Latin provincialis "of a province," from provincia (see province).

Meaning "of the small towns and countryside" (as opposed to the capital and urban center) is from 1630s, a borrowed idiom from French, transferred from sense of "particular to the province," hence "local." Suggestive of rude, petty, or narrow society by 1755. Classical Latin provincialis seems not to have had this tinge. In British use, with reference to the American colonies, from 1680s.

n.

late 14c., "ecclesiastical head of a province," from provincial (adj.). From c.1600 as "native or inhabitant of a province;" from 1711 as "country person."

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