- belonging or peculiar to some particular province; local: the provincial newspaper.
- of or relating to the provinces: provincial customs; provincial dress.
- 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.
- (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.
- History/Historical. of or relating to any of the American provinces of Great Britain.
Origin of provincial
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Examples from the Web for provincially
He arrived in Paris at the age of twenty-five, provincially instructed, but already of a marvellous erudition.Aspects and Impressions
Isolate we have indeed been as a people, but not provincially nor narrowly nor proudly isolate.
If this scheme should prove oppressive, provincially or parochially, he was willing to give it up.Lord Chatham
Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
The Romans having governed Oceana provincially, the Teutons were the first that introduced the form of the late monarchy.The Commonwealth of Oceana
Clay-slate is provincially called Killas; and Porphyry is known by the name of Elvan.A Guide to the Mount's Bay and the Land's End
John Ayrton Paris
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for provincially
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.
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."