Definitions for: Provincial


[n] a country person
[adj] characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"
[adj] of or associated with a province; "provincial government"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*vin"cial, a. [L. provincialis: cf. F.
provincial. See Province, and cf. Provencal.]
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; not
cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence,
narrow; illiberal. ``Provincial airs and graces.''
--Macaulay.

3. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the
jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a
provincial synod. --Ayliffe.

4. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal. [Obs.]

With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes. --Shak.


Pro*vin"cial, n.
1. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.

2. (R. C. Ch.) 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.

Synonyms: bucolic, bumpkinly, corn-fed, hick, insular, jerkwater, one-horse, parochial, peasant, pokey, poky, rustic, stay-at-home(a), unsophisticated

Antonyms: cosmopolitan

See Also: cottar, cotter, moujik, mujik, muzhik, muzjik, rustic

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