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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)

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.

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."