provincial

A provincial person comes from the backwaters. Someone from a small province outside of Provence, France, might seem a little more provincial and less worldly than someone from, say, Paris.

Something or someone provincial belongs to a province, or region outside of the city. Provincial has a straightforward meaning when describing where someone is from, but it has some other shades of meaning too. Something provincial can be quaint and in a pleasing rural or country style, but it also can imply someone less sophisticated, as in someone with provincial, or simple, tastes. Individuals or groups of people who are considered narrow-minded are often labeled provincial, even if they're from the city.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: provincial

1
adjn
of or associated with a province
a country person
2
n
(Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: provincial
1

adj of or associated with a province

provincial government”

adj characteristic of the provinces or their people

“deeply provincial and conformist”
“in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial
“narrow provincial attitudes”
Synonyms
bumpkinly, hick, rustic, unsophisticated
awkwardly simple and provincial
corn-fed
strong and healthy but not sophisticated
insular, parochial
narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
jerkwater, one-horse, pokey, poky
small and remote and insignificant
stay-at-home
not given to travel
Antonyms:
cosmopolitan
composed of people from or at home in many parts of the world; especially not provincial in attitudes or interests
traveled, travelled
familiar with many parts of the world
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n a country person

Synonyms:
bucolic, peasant
Types:
cottar, cotter
a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
moujik, mujik, muzhik, muzjik
a Russian peasant (especially prior to 1917)
Type of:
rustic
an unsophisticated country person
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n (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
Type of:
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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