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governor

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noun gov·er·nor \ˈgə-vən-ər also ˈgə-vər-nər\

Simple Definition of governor

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of governor

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2 :  tutor

  3. 3 a slang :  one looked upon as governing b :  mister, sir —usually used as a term of address

  4. 4 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)

governorate

play \-ət, -ˌāt\ noun

Examples of governor in a sentence

  1. the governor of the state of Florida

  2. He was the chairman of the board of governors at the school.

  3. the governor of the Bank of England

  4. Wait here while I get the governor.



14th Century

First Known Use of governor

14th century


GOVERNOR Defined for Kids

governor

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noun gov·er·nor \ˈgə-vər-nər, ˈgə-və-nər\

Definition of governor for Students

  1. :  a person who governs and especially the elected head of a state of the United States




Law Dictionary

governor

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noun gov·er·nor \ˈgə-vər-nər\

Legal Definition of governor

  1. :  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; specifically :  the chief executive of a U.S. state c :  the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization d :  a member of a group that controls or directs an institution <the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors>

governorship

noun




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