governor-general

noun
gov·​er·​nor-gen·​er·​al | \ ˈgə-vᵊn-ər-ˈjen-rəl How to pronounce governor-general (audio) , ˈje-nə- also ˈgə-vər-nər \
plural governors-general or governor-generals

Definition of governor-general

: a governor of high rank especially : one who governs a large territory or has deputy governors under him

First Known Use of governor-general

1579, in the meaning defined above

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“Governor-general.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/governor-general. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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