Definitions of provincial

  1. One who belongs to a distant dependent country or to an outlying district; countryman.
  2. An inhabitant of a province or country district: in the R. Cath. Church, the superintendent of the heads of the religious houses in a province.
  3. Inhabitant of a province.
  4. An inhabitant of a province.
  5. Provincialism.
  6. An inhabitant of a district of the country, as distinguished from an inhabitant of the capital; in R. Cath. Ch., a monastic superior or governor.
  8. ( 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"
  9. Of or pertaining to province; constituting a province; as, a provincial government; a provincial dialect.
  10. Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.
  11. Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.
  12. Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.
  13. A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.
  14. 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 district, called a province of the order.
  15. Pertaining to, or like, an outlying district or distant dependent country; countrified; crude in appearance or manner; holding to the ideas and customs of one special region; hence, narrow.
  16. Pertaining to, or characteristic of, a province or its inhabitants.
  17. Pertaining to a province; local; narrow.