- 1Of or concerning a province of a country or empire: provincial electionsMore example sentences
- 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 teachers threatened to stage a sit-in outside the provincial governor's house if the problem was not resolved.
- The march led to traffic being blocked, before it came to a halt outside the provincial governor's office.
- 2Of or concerning the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded: provincial towns the whole exhibition struck one as being very provincialMore example sentences
regional, state, territorial, district, local; sectoral, zonal, cantonal, county, parochial; colonialnarrow-minded, parochial, small-town, suburban, insular, parish-pump, inward-looking, limited, restricted, localist, conservative, narrow; small-minded, petty, blinkered, illiberal, inflexible, bigoted, prejudiced, intolerant
- 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.
- Well over €1million an acre is being achieved for retail parks outside provincial towns.
- A young woman in her twenties returns from the capital city to a provincial town where she grew up.
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- 1An inhabitant of a province of a country or empire.More example sentences
- 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.
- Roman citizens paid little tax, but provincials paid a property tax and a poll tax amounting to 10 or 15 percent of income.
- 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.
- 2An inhabitant of the regions outside the capital city of a country, especially when regarded as unsophisticated or narrow-minded: a town populated by money-grubbers, philistines, and self-satisfied provincialsMore example sentences
(country) bumpkin, country cousin, rustic, yokel, village idiot, peasant, churl, lout, boor, oaf, clown, barbarian, yahoo• informal clod, clodhopperAustralian • informal ocker• rare bucolic
- But then people stopped wearing dunces-caps in the towns because it came to be seen as a sign of a provincial, a peasant.
- Instead it reminds us that men such as Dabney were hardly rustic provincials.
- Ask yourself why countless numbers of people (maybe provincials like yourself) like lemmings are fleeing the capital?
- 2.1 (provincials) British Local newspapers, as contrasted with national ones.More example sentences
- For a front-page photo in the provincials, the rate is $100, and it varies for the photos used for the national publication.
- He argues against the use of nonstandard dialogue for the sake of local color or to make the social point that provincials can have literary status.
- You have not said, are you working for the nationals or provincials? I cannot see why they need you for Saturday work, unless you are covering sports events.
- 3 Christian Church The head or chief of a province or of a religious order in a province.More example sentences
- As provincial of his order, he addressed temperance meetings throughout Ireland.
- By 1923, the Capuchin provincial asked Solanus to keep a notebook of special cases and reported healings related to his consultations.
- 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.
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- Over the generations, men who saw themselves as metropolitan sophisticates traveled to America and were suddenly confronted with their own provinciality.
- To be smug about any locale - even New York City - is itself a mark of provinciality and bad taste.
- The Early Devonian saw a decline to 20 genera, with a slow return by the end of the Pragian, a tectonically active phase marked by global sea level drawdowns, and provinciality.
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- He's bright, he's articulate, he knows and understand politics, he's worked federally and provincially, he gets the business play - I think he'd be a great mayor.
- ‘Health care is a provincially mandated service,’ said McKeon Holmes.
- It's remarkable [because] he's been in politics five years provincially, that it has taken him this long, but what can you say?
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provincialis 'belonging to a province' (see province).