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.

Definitions of provincial
  1. adjective
    of or associated with a province
    provincial government”
  2. adjective
    characteristic of the provinces or their people
    “deeply provincial and conformist”
    “in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial
    “narrow provincial attitudes”
    bumpkinly, hick, rustic, unsophisticated
    awkwardly simple and provincial
    strong and healthy but not sophisticated
    insular, parochial
    narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
    jerkwater, one-horse, pokey, poky
    small and remote and insignificant
    not given to travel
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    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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  3. noun
    a country person
    synonyms: bucolic, peasant
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    cottar, cotter
    a peasant farmer in the Scottish Highlands
    moujik, mujik, muzhik, muzjik
    a Russian peasant (especially prior to 1917)
    type of:
    an unsophisticated country person
  4. noun
    (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
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    type of:
    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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