Provincial has two basic meanings.

It can refer to someone who has a limited, restricted, or non-sophisticated mentality or habits, stereotypical of an inhabitant of "the provinces" (areas distant from the national capital). See: parochialism

The other basic meaning is anything related to a province, a formal geographical division, or a country or a church. In countries with powerful provincial loyalties the word lacks the negative connotation noted above. More specificly, provincial can refer to:

* Provincial examinations, a school-leaving exam in British Columbia, Canada
* A provincial superior of a religious order
* The Provincial sector of British Rail, which was later renamed Regional Railways
* Provincial Airlines, a Canadian airline
* Provincial park, the equivalent of national parks in the Canadian provices
* Provincial city, a type of city in the People's Republic of China
* Provincial Secretary, a position in Canadian government
* Provincial Reconstruction Team, a military unit used by Western forced in Afghanistan
* Provincial council, Gaelic athletics councils in Ireland
* Member of Provincial Parliament, a title for legislators in Ontario, Canada
* Sub-provincial city in the People's Republic of China
* Provincial Court, a type of law court in Canada

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  • provincial — provincial, iale, iaux [ prɔvɛ̃sjal, jo ] adj. et n. • XIIIe; lat. provincialis 1 ♦ Hist. relig. Qui appartient aux maisons du même ordre dans une province. Pères provinciaux des Jésuites. Subst. masc. Un provincial, père provincial. 2 ♦ Cour.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Provincial — • An officer acting under the superior general of a religious order, and exercising a general supervision over all the local superiors in a division of the order called a province. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Provincial      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • provincial — provincial, ale (pro vin si al, a l ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient à une province. Assemblée provinciale. États provinciaux.    Par moquerie. Qui est de la province et qui ignore les choses de la capitale ou de la cour. •   Madame de Coulanges dit …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • provincial — (Del lat. provinciālis). 1. adj. Perteneciente o relativo a una provincia. 2. m. Religioso que tiene el gobierno y superioridad sobre todas las casas y conventos de una provincia. ☛ V. Administración provincial, Audiencia Provincial, capítulo… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • provincial — PROVINCIÁL, Ă, provinciali, e, s.m. şi f., adj. 1. s.m. şi f. Persoană care locuieşte în provincie sau este originară de acolo; p. ext. persoană cu apucături sau cu deprinderi stângace, naive. 2. adj. Care aparţine provinciei, privitor la… …   Dicționar Român

  • Provincial — Pro*vin cial, a. [L. provincialis: cf. F. provincial. See {Province}, and cf. {Provencal}.] 1. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect. [1913 Webster] 2. Exhibiting the ways or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provincial — adjetivo 1. De la provincia: administración provincial. audiencia* provincial. capítulo* provincial. carretera provincial. diputación* provincial. sustantivo masculino,f. 1. Área: religión Religioso que gobierna las casas de la provincia de una… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • provincial — [prə vin′shəl, prōvin′shəl] adj. [ME prouyncial < MFr < L provincialis] 1. of or belonging to a province 2. having the ways, speech, attitudes, etc. of a certain province 3. of or like that of rural provinces; countrified; rustic 4.… …   English World dictionary

  • Provincial — Pro*vin cial, n. 1. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial. [1913 Webster] 2. (R. C. Ch.) A monastic superior, who, under the general of his order, has the direction of all the religious houses of the same fraternity in a given… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • provincial — (adj.) late 14c., pertaining to a province, from Fr. provincial (13c.), from L. provincialis, from provincia (see PROVINCE (Cf. province)). Of the small towns and countryside (as opposed to the capital and urban center) from 1630s, a French idiom …   Etymology dictionary

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