a) The quality of being provincial; having provincial tastes, mentality, manners.

The blacksmiths provincialism showed in his speech and manner

b) A word or locution characteristic of a region or district.

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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