governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vᵊn-ər How to pronounce governor (audio) also ˈgə-vər-nər \

Definition of governor

1 : one that governs: such 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
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 : tutor
3a slang : one looked upon as governing
b : mister, sir usually used as a term of address
4a : an attachment to a machine (such as a gasoline engine) for automatic control or limitation of speed
b : a device giving automatic control (as of pressure or temperature)

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Other Words from governor

governorate \ ˈgə-​vᵊn-​ər-​ət How to pronounce governor (audio) , -​ˌāt also  ˈgə-​vər-​nər-​ \ noun

Examples of governor in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The governor ultimately signed a version of the measure that was revised to address those concerns. Andrew Demillo, Anchorage Daily News, "Arkansas governor vetoes bill banning medical treatments for transgender youths," 6 Apr. 2021 The governor ultimately signed a version of the measure that was revised to address those concerns. Andrew Demillo, ajc, "Arkansas governor vetoes transgender youth treatment ban," 6 Apr. 2021 The Department of Natural Resources typically handles wildfire suppression but asked the governor for additional help due to the unusually dry conditions in the state. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Gov. Evers issues state of emergency as wildfires continue to blaze across Wisconsin," 5 Apr. 2021 The governor has yet to sign the bill, but he is expected to do so. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declines to throw out Rangers first pitch over All-Star Game removal from Georgia," 5 Apr. 2021 She was appointed by former governor Gina Raimondo. BostonGlobe.com, "The director of the agency that runs Rhode Island’s ‘hospital of last resort’ resigns," 5 Apr. 2021 Four statewide polls in the last two months found support for firing the governor in a special election at levels that are remarkably consistent with the percentage of votes won by Republican John Cox in the 2018 gubernatorial election. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: For Newsom’s critics, the easy part is over," 5 Apr. 2021 The governor’s announcement comes as reported COVID-19 cases are again on the rise after falling sharply since last winter. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine to ‘simplify’ coronavirus orders Monday afternoon: Watch his briefing live," 5 Apr. 2021 While the governor on Sunday blamed the situation on HRK Holdings, the company that owns the site, and said it will be held accountable for the incident, Hopes indicated that the latest leak is the result of officials not acting on past failures. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Watch Live: Officials offer new information on Florida toxic wastewater reservoir facing collapse," 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of governor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of governor was in the 14th century

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“Governor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/governor. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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governor

noun

English Language Learners 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.
chiefly British : a person who is in charge of a school, prison, or other large organization or institution

governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vər-nər How to pronounce governor (audio) , ˈgə-və-nər \

Kids Definition of governor

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

governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vər-nər How to pronounce governor (audio) \

Legal Definition of governor

: 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

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governorship noun

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