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Dictionary Definition

provincial adj
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"
2 a country person [syn: peasant, bucolic]

User Contributed Dictionary



From provincialis, confer Provencal.


  • /pɹɒviʃəl̩/


  1. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
  2. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.
    • Macaulay,
      Provincial airs and graces.
  3. Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
  4. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
  5. limited in outlook; narrow


  1. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  2. (Roman Catholic Church): A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given district, called a province of the order.
  3. A country bumpkin.



  • IPA: /pʁɔ.vɛ̃.sjal/
  • SAMPA: /pRO.vE~.sjal/


  1. provincial

Extensive Definition

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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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