Meaning of “provincial” in the English Dictionary

"provincial" in British English

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provincialnoun [ C ]

uk /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/ us /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/ mainly disapproving


uk /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/ us /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl/

relating to an area that is governed as part of a country or an empire:

provincial governments

C2 in or from the parts of the country that are not the capital city:

The majority of young professionals in the capital have moved there from provincial towns.

disapproving having opinions and ideas that are old-fashioned and simple:

provincial attitudes

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noun [ U ] uk /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl.ɪ.zəm/ us /prəˈvɪn.ʃəl.ɪ.zəm/ disapproving

(Definition of “provincial” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /prəˈvɪn·ʃəl/

of or relating to a province, or to the parts of a country outside its capital or most important city:

provincial governments

disapproving A provincial person has limited ideas and is not willing to understand or accept new ideas or ways of behaving.

(Definition of “provincial” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)