provincialism

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From French provincialisme

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provincialism (plural provincialisms)

  1. The quality of being provincial; having provincial tastes, mentality, manners.
    The blacksmith's provincialism showed in his speech and manner
  2. (linguistics) A word or locution characteristic of a region or district.
    • 1875, Andrew Dousa Hepburn, Manual of English Rhetoric, New York: American Book Company, p 79:
      Prose is allowed less liberty in this respect; but no one nowadays would maintain that the adoption of a provincialism into the literary dialect is absolutely prohibited.

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