[ pruh-vin-shuh-liz-uhm ]
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  1. narrowness of mind, ignorance, or the like, considered as resulting from lack of exposure to cultural or intellectual activity.

  2. a trait, habit of thought, etc., characteristic of a provincial, a province, or the provinces.

  1. a word, expression, or mode of pronunciation peculiar to a province.

  2. devotion to one's own province before the nation as a whole.

Origin of provincialism

First recorded in 1760–70; provincial + -ism

Words Nearby provincialism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use provincialism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for provincialism


/ (prəˈvɪnʃəˌlɪzəm) /

  1. narrowness of mind or outlook; lack of sophistication

  2. a word or attitude characteristic of a provincial

  1. attention to the affairs of one's province rather than the whole nation

  2. the state or quality of being provincial

  • Also: localism

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