from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Specifically, a word or manner of speaking peculiar to a province; a local or dialectal term or expression.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a lack of sophistication
  • noun a partiality for some particular place


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