What does provincial mean?

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prəˈvɪn ʃəlpro·vin·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. provincialnoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order

    "the general of the Jesuits receives monthly reports from the provincials"

  2. peasant, provincial, bucolicadjective

    a country person

  3. provincialadjective

    of or associated with a province

    "provincial government"

  4. provincialadjective

    characteristic of the provinces or their people

    "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"

Wiktionary

  1. provincialnoun

    A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.

  2. provincialnoun

    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.

  3. provincialnoun

    A country bumpkin.

  4. provincialadjective

    Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.

  5. provincialadjective

    Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province.

  6. provincialadjective

    Not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.

  7. provincialadjective

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

  8. provincialadjective

    Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.

  9. provincialadjective

    limited in outlook; narrow

  10. Etymology: From provincialis, confer Provencal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Provincialadjective

    Etymology: provincial, Fr. from province.

    The duke dare not more stretch
    This finger of mine, than he dare rack his own;
    His subject am I not, nor here provincial. William Shakespeare.

    Some have delivered the polity of spirits, and left an account even to their provincial dominions. Brown.

    They build and treat with such magnificence,
    That, like th’ ambitious monarchs of the age,
    They give the law to our provincial stage. Dryden.

    A country ’squire having only the provincial accent upon his tongue, which is neither a fault, nor in his power to remedy, must marry a cast wench. Jonathan Swift.

    A law made in a provincial synod, is properly termed a provincial constitution. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

  2. Provincialnoun

    A spiritual governor.

    Etymology: provincial, Fr. from province.

    Valignanus was provincial of the Jesuits in the Indies. Edward Stillingfleet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect

  2. Provincialadjective

    exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal

  3. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod

  4. Provincialadjective

    of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal

  5. Provincialnoun

    a person belonging to a province; one who is provincial

  6. Provincialnoun

    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

  7. Etymology: [L. provincialis: cf. F. provincial. See Province, and cf. Provencal.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Provincial

    prō-vin′shal, adj. pertaining to Provence or Provençal.—Provincial rose, the cabbage-rose—from Provins-rose, Provins in Seine-et-Marne, being famous for its roses: (Shak.) a rosette formerly worn on the shoe.

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'provincial' in Adjectives Frequency: #723

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of provincial in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of provincial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of provincial in a Sentence

  1. Mike Pompeo:

    We never trusted the Taliban, we made abundantly clear … we were n’t going to allow them to just walk away from any deal that they had struck. We were going to go crush them, we were going to impose real costs on them. We were n’t going to let them take these provincial capitals. They understood that American power was going to come to their village, to their community, to their friends and family.

  2. Chuon Sovann:

    We have Chhouk Bandith and we are transferring him to Svay Rieng provincial court to further process the legal procedures.

  3. Industry Minister James Moore:

    It's up to the proponents to meet the environmental tests, to engage with First Nations (aboriginals), to meet the provincial standards that are expected ... it's up to the firms to deliver on their projects.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    But when the Taliban pushed us, we crushed them, when you set a date certain, and they push on you and you withdraw, inch by inch, yard by yard, this didn't just happen in 11 days-- that's the myth the Biden administration tells. This wasn't 11 days, this was weeks and weeks and weeks of the Taliban advancing on provincial capitals all across the country.

  5. Ken Dodd:

    It’s a privilege to be asked to play here tonight on what is a very special anniversary. It is 100 years to the night since that balcony collapsed. (Addressing people in The Gods at a provincial theatre.)

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