Definition of "provincial" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Characteristic of or connected with the provinces; local (adjective)
  • Having attitudes and opinions supposedly common to people living in the provinces; rustic or unsophisticated; limited (adjective)
  • Denoting a football team representing a province, one of the historical administrative areas of New Zealand (adjective)
  • A person lacking the sophistications of city life; rustic or narrow-minded individual (noun)
  • A person coming from or resident in a province or the provinces (noun)
  • The head of an ecclesiastical province (noun)
  • The head of a major territorial subdivision of a religious order (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "provincial" in a sentence
  • "The primary assemblies, composed of the tenth of the general population, nominated the local _list of communal candidates_; electoral colleges, also nominated by them, selected from the _communal list_ the superior list of provincial candidates and from the _provincial list_, the list of national candidates."
  • "Together with the Afghan authorities, the coalition is deployed what we call provincial reconstruction teams, or PRTs, to four provinces with four more on the way."
  • "South Africa (Contralesa) chairman Chief Mwelo Nonkonyane expressed concern at what he called the provincial government's campaign to oppose a referendum on whether East Griqualand should form a separate province."