1 of or associated with a province; "provincial government"
2 characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes" [ant: cosmopolitan]
1 (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order; "the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"
EtymologyFrom provincialis, confer Provencal.
- Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
- Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of
the inhabitants of a province.
- Provincial airs and graces.
- Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
- Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
- With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes.
- William Shakespeare,
- limited in outlook; narrow
Provincial has several meanings and may refer to:
- Provincial examinations: Bi-annual province-wide examinations for students between the grades of 10 to 12 in the province of British Columbia
- Anything related to a province, a formal geographical division;
- Figurative: someone who has a limited, restricted, or non-sophisticated mentality or habits, stereotypical of an inhabitant of "the provinces". See: parochialism
- A provincial superior of a religious order
- The Provincial sector of British Rail, which was later renamed Regional Railways
provincial in French: Provincial
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