• IPA: /pɹɒvinʃəl̩/


  1. Of or pertaining to a province.
    a provincial government
    a provincial dialect
  2. Constituting a province.
  3. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.
    • 1856, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Samuel Johnson
      […] fond of exhibiting provincial airs and graces.
  4. Not cosmopolitan; backwoodsy, hick, yokelish, countrified; not polished; rude
    • 2011, KD McCrite, In Front of God and Everybody
      That awful little Cedar Whatever is no thriving megalopolis, and you people are so provincial, it's appalling.
  5. Narrow; illiberal.
  6. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical.
    a provincial synod
  7. Limited in outlook; narrow.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: provincial
  • German: provinziell, provinzial
  • Italian: provinciale
  • Portuguese: provincial
  • Russian: провинциальный
  • Spanish: provincial
Translations Translations Noun

provincial (plural provincials)

  1. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  2. (Roman Catholicism) 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.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 700:
      The Franciscan provincial Diego de Landa set up a local Inquisition which unleashed a campaign of interrogation and torture on the Indio population.
  3. A country bumpkin.


provincial (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Of or pertaining to Provence; Provençal.
    • William Shakespeare,
      With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes.

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