Definition of provincial in English:

provincial

adjective

  • 1Of or concerning a province of a country or empire.

    ‘provincial elections’
    • ‘No separatist party in the history of the province has ever gotten over 50% in a federal election, provincial election, or a referendum.’
    • ‘The total number who voted in the city election in Toronto was 699,000, compared to 850,000 in the provincial election.’
    • ‘Referring to electoral reform, government said it would implement the decision to review this matter before the next national and provincial elections set for 2009.’
    • ‘The march led to traffic being blocked, before it came to a halt outside the provincial governor's office.’
    • ‘Sono told the court he had voted at national level for the African National Congress in the 1994 elections and his provincial vote went to the Inkatha Freedom Party.’
    • ‘As the next provincial election must be called by May, I believe it's time for us to consider what the past terms of the NDP government have brought to this province.’
    • ‘Another reason for low results is that people just didn't feel as informed as they did for the provincial election and decided that voting would therefore be a waste.’
    • ‘The Elections Finance Act prohibits most forms of political advertising for the initial week of a provincial election campaign, the day before voting day and day of the vote.’
    • ‘Some rural regions are close to urban centres, such as the regions of Manitoba that surround Winnipeg, the provincial capital with 600,000 people.’
    • ‘He proposed instead to abolish the direct election of provincial governors, thus undermining the constitution and doing away with the country's political foundation of federalism.’
    • ‘Our final day's sightseeing started in Sancti Spiritus, the provincial capital of the region of the same name, where the holiday celebrations were in full swing.’
    • ‘The teachers threatened to stage a sit-in outside the provincial governor's house if the problem was not resolved.’
    • ‘Born in 1948, he grew up in Halifax and Shad Bay, a small coastal community just outside the provincial capital.’
    • ‘Last weekend the fledgling party, less than a year old, held its second congress and outlined their program for the next provincial election.’
    • ‘Another aspect of the de-democratization policy of the provincial government concerns elections.’
    • ‘He had travelled there from the town of Yopal, the provincial capital of the wealthy oil province Casanare.’
    • ‘The provincial election in Alberta is fast approaching with a November 22nd or 29th vote.’
    • ‘In recent decades the area around the provincial capital of Kunming has developed as an industrial region with an increasing need for electric power.’
    • ‘The accident occurred some 8 kilometers west of Siem Reap town, the provincial capital where the famed temple of Angkor Wat is located.’
    • ‘He said observers and journalists could watch the first stage of the count at the polling stations, but not at provincial election commission centers where the results are tabulated.’
    non-metropolitan, small-town, non-urban, outlying, rural, country, rustic, backwoods, backwater
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  • 2Of or concerning the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded.

    ‘scenes of violence were reported in provincial towns’
    ‘the whole exhibition struck one as being very provincial’
    • ‘The son of a wealthy Verona businessman, Catullus arrived in Rome in his early twenties and rapidly evolved from educated but provincial outsider to streetwise society songmeister.’
    • ‘It also gives us the opportunity to monitor players outside of the provincial competitions.’
    • ‘Mr Cowlam also disclosed that the Bradford bid was well-starred because the Government demanded that provincial workforces be as diverse as those in the capital.’
    • ‘A new phenomenon of rolling demonstrations circled the world - not only in the great capitals but also in provincial cities and even small towns.’
    • ‘How can Reykjavik give every appearance of being a capital city rather than merely a provincial town?’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands joined protests in the Syrian capital, while in provincial towns tens of thousands took to the streets.’
    • ‘This is highly thoughtful architecture that despite the provincial nature of its setting makes a point of being decent, modern and civilized.’
    • ‘For 10 or 15 years beforehand, our regions and provincial towns had largely been left to sink or swim.’
    • ‘You used to be able to boast that Harvey Nicks was the only provincial store outside London but not any more.’
    • ‘Already, colourful posters conveying party messages can be seen in public places in the capital Kabul, and in some provincial towns.’
    • ‘Today there are many professional and amateur theaters and musical organizations both in the capital and in other provincial towns.’
    • ‘Acadians brought with them provincial cooking styles from France.’
    • ‘Although quite provincial, Odense boasted the only theater in Denmark outside of Copenhagen, and this was to prove Andersen's salvation.’
    • ‘Market towns have become provincial backwaters.’
    • ‘A young woman in her twenties returns from the capital city to a provincial town where she grew up.’
    • ‘For all over Ireland, ribbon development of houses persists outside provincial towns and one-off badly sited homes are built without regard for the landscape as a whole.’
    • ‘In terms of industry and employment Dungarvan, it has to be fairly acknowledged, ranks better than most provincial towns of its size.’
    • ‘Well over €1million an acre is being achieved for retail parks outside provincial towns.’
    • ‘It is annoying; I liked the t-shirt I was wearing and now I have to iron the pink one that gets me into trouble in provincial villages.’
    • ‘Elites in provincial towns in predominantly indigenous regions are often openly racist.’
    regional, state, territorial, district, local
    unsophisticated, narrow-minded, parochial, small-town, suburban, insular, parish-pump, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, narrow
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noun

  • 1An inhabitant of a province of a country or empire.

    • ‘Augustine was a local boy who made good, a provincial from the southern edge of Fourth-Century Roman Africa, vain and enslaved to a fierce mother.’
    • ‘The proud son of the Franche-Comte was on his way to success in Paris when he met Bruyas, an art collector and a provincial from another region of France.’
    • ‘Roman citizens paid little tax, but provincials paid a property tax and a poll tax amounting to 10 or 15 percent of income.’
    • ‘They were primarily divided into three categories - trade unions, groups of provincials from the same hometown outside of Shanghai, and merchant associations for the regulation of trade.’
    1. 1.1provincials (in Canada) athletic contests held between teams representing the country's administrative divisions.
      • ‘She had a good showing at provincials and I think she can pull it off.’
      • ‘The boys' baseball team will be competing at the 12-team provincials June 5-7 at Reston.’
      • ‘The selectors will shortly be announcing a squad of 28 men and women for the provincials and a squad of 16 for the senior provincials.’
      • ‘Walking into the house we saw copies of pictures of Rachel and I from her birth until just last summer when her soccer team won provincials.’
      • ‘The losses eliminated the team from the provincials and finished their season earlier than they had expected.’
      • ‘The OUA provincials will commence on February 21 at Westmount Golf and Country Club.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Pre-Novice Dance team of Melanie Van Soeren and William Denney will be at the Western Challenge thanks to placing third at the provincials.’
      • ‘They're becoming more serious as the provincials and Western Championship get closer.’
      • ‘‘This is my fifth year coaching at the provincials,’ said Yeomans.’
      • ‘Niverville rolled through the round robin at the provincials without a loss scoring four straight-set victories.’
  • 2An inhabitant of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded.

    • ‘But then people stopped wearing dunces-caps in the towns because it came to be seen as a sign of a provincial, a peasant.’
    • ‘Sophisticated and chic, it's a really a new experience for us provincials.’
    • ‘You are not provincials, she reminds them, you are citizens of a broader Europe.’
    • ‘Ask yourself why countless numbers of people (maybe provincials like yourself) like lemmings are fleeing the capital?’
    • ‘Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.’
    country cousin, rustic, yokel, village idiot, peasant, churl, lout, boor, oaf, clown, barbarian, yahoo
    culchie, bogman
    clod, clodhopper
    yob, yobbo, plonker
    schlub, hayseed, hick, rube, hillbilly
    ocker
    bucolic
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  • 3Christian Church
    The head or chief of a province or of a religious order in a province.

    • ‘In 1971 Fr. Vincent was asked by his provincial to go to the diocese of Kumasi in Ghana, where he spent most of his remaining years.’
    • ‘As provincial of his order, he addressed temperance meetings throughout Ireland.’
    • ‘It does say that he was upset with the poor catechetical materials used in parishes in Australia and that his provincial reprimanded him for preaching on hell.’
    • ‘By 1923, the Capuchin provincial asked Solanus to keep a notebook of special cases and reported healings related to his consultations.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincialis belonging to a province (see province).

Pronunciation:

provincial

/prəˈvin(t)SH(ə)l/