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
of or associated with a province
a country person
(Roman Catholic Church) an official in charge of an ecclesiastical province acting under the superior general of a religious order
adj of or associated with a province
adj characteristic of the provinces or their people
bumpkinly, hick, rustic, unsophisticated
awkwardly simple and provincial
strong and healthy but not sophisticated
narrowly restricted in outlook or scope
jerkwater, one-horse, pokey, poky
small and remote and insignificant
not given to travel