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.

2.

Exhibiting the ways or manners of a province; characteristic of the inhabitants of a province; not cosmopolitan; countrified; not polished; rude; hence, narrow; illiberal.

"Provincial airs and graces."

Macaulay.

3.

Of or pertaining to an ecclesiastical province, or to the jurisdiction of an archbishop; not ecumenical; as, a provincial synod.

Ayliffe.

4.

Of or pertaining to Provence; Provencal.

[Obs.]

With two Provincial roses on my razed shoes. Shak.

 

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Pro*vin"cial, n.

1.

A person belonging to a province; one who is provincial.

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 district, called a province of the order.

 

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