Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a province.
  • adj. Of or characteristic of people from the provinces; not fashionable or sophisticated: "Well-educated professional women ... made me feel uncomfortably provincial” ( J.R. Salamanca).
  • adj. Limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of the provinces.
  • n. A person who has provincial ideas or habits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
  • adj. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.
  • adj. Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
  • adj. limited in outlook; narrow
  • n. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A country bumpkin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province
  • adj. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
  • n. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a province; existing in a province; characteristic of a province: as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
  • Forming a province or territory appendant to a principal kingdom or state: as, provincial territory.
  • Pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an arch bishop; not ecumenical: as, a provincial council.
  • Exhibiting the manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province, or of the country as distinguished from the metropolis or larger cities; countrified; rustic; hence, not polished; narrow; unenlightened.
  • Restricted to a province; local.
  • n. A person belonging to a province; one from any part of the country except the metropolis or one of the larger cities.
  • n. In some religious orders, a monastic superior who has the general superintendence of his fraternity in a given district called a province.
  • Pertaining to Provence; Provençal.
  • A rosette of ribbons formerly worn on a shoe; a shoe-rose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a country person
  • adj. of or associated with a province
  • n. (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order
  • adj. characteristic of the provinces or their people

Etymologies

From Latin provincialis ("province"), confer Provencal. (Wiktionary)

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