gov·​er·​nor-gen·​er·​al ˈgə-vᵊn-ər-ˈjen-rəl How to pronounce governor-general (audio)
 also  ˈgə-vər-nər-
plural governors-general or governor-generals
: a governor of high rank
especially : one who governs a large territory or has deputy governors under him

Examples of governor-general in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meta isn't the only one unhappy with Canada's law, which yesterday received royal assent from Canada's governor-general and will soon take effect. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 23 June 2023 On January 1, 1804, as governor-general, Dessalines signed Haiti’s official Declaration of Independence and changed the name of the country back to its indigenous appellation Haïti (Ayiti) while declaring the end of slavery and French rule. Marlene L. Daut, Essence, 17 Oct. 2023 The governor-general of the Belgian Congo, however, declared that the colony would support the Allies. Ngofeen Mputubwele, WIRED, 21 Aug. 2023 After welcoming governors-general and prime ministers of the realm at a palace lunch and doing a surprise walkabout in London earlier in the day, Prince William, 40, and Princess Kate, 41, popped up at the royal residence again to help host the coronation reception for overseas guests. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 May 2023 The royals welcomed governors-general and prime ministers of the realm who are in London for tomorrow's coronation. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 5 May 2023 Louverture abolishes slavery and proclaims himself governor-general of all of Hispaniola. 1804: Haiti becomes independent. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today, 11 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of governor-general was in 1579

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“Governor-general.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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