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

  • n. A regional word, phrase, pronunciation, or usage.
  • n. The condition of being provincial; lack of sophistication or perspective. Also called provinciality.
  • n. The act or an instance of placing the interests of one's province before one's nation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being provincial; having provincial tastes, mentality, manners.
  • n. A word or locution characteristic of a region or district.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word, or a manner of speaking, peculiar to a province or a district remote from the mother country or from the metropolis; a provincial characteristic; hence, narrowness; illiberality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which characterizes a province or a provincial person; a certain narrowness or localism of thought or interest, or rudeness of manners, characteristic of the inhabitants of a province as distinguished from the metropolis, or of the smaller cities and towns as distinguished from the larger; lack of polish or enlightenment.
  • n. Specifically, a word or manner of speaking peculiar to a province; a local or dialectal term or expression.

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

  • n. a lack of sophistication
  • n. a partiality for some particular place

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