noun gov·er·nor \ˈgə-vən-ər also ˈgə-vər-nər\
: a person who is the leader of the government of a state, province, etc.
: a person who is part of a group of people who control a large organization, school, etc.
: a person who is in charge of a school, prison, or other large organization or institution
: one that governs: as
a : one that exercises authority especially over an area or group
b : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit
c : commanding officer
d : the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization
e : a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society
a : an attachment to a machine (as a gasoline engine) for automatic control or limitation of speed
b : a device giving automatic control (as of pressure or temperature)
— gov·er·nor·ate \-ət, -ˌāt\ noun
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Examples of GOVERNOR
- the governor of the state of Florida
- He was the chairman of the board of governors at the school.
- the governor of the Bank of England
- Wait here while I get the governor.
First Known Use of GOVERNOR
: a person who governs and especially the elected head of a state of the United States
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