- [noun] (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"
- [noun] a country person
Synonyms: peasant, bucolic
- [adjective] of or associated with a province; "provincial government"
- [adjective] characteristic of the provinces or their people; "deeply provincial and conformist"; "in that well-educated company I felt uncomfortably provincial"; "narrow provincial attitudes"