provincial

[pruh-vin-shuhl]

adjective

noun


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

of or connected with a province
characteristic of or connected with the provinces; local
having attitudes and opinions supposedly common to people living in the provinces; rustic or unsophisticated; limited
NZ denoting a football team representing a province, one of the historical administrative areas of New Zealand

noun

a person lacking the sophistications of city life; rustic or narrow-minded individual
a person coming from or resident in a province or the provinces
the head of an ecclesiastical province
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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