governor

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

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 governorate (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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In several regions, acting governors who had been appointed within the past year by Putin were running for election — and results typically showed them getting super majorities. Will Englund, Washington Post, "With opposition sidelined, Kremlin-friendly candidates are gliding to victory across Russia," 9 Sep. 2019 In 2017, more than a half million people were ordered to leave South Florida as Hurricane Irma approached; Georgia’s governor ordered nearly 540,000 coastal residents to move inland. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 7 Sep. 2019 Schrider said the company is very appreciative of the governor’s efforts and Ucore is examining ways to move ahead with developing the mine at current metal prices. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy asks federal council to fast-track Southeast Alaska ‘rare earths’ prospect," 6 Sep. 2019 Walker was previously chairman of the College Republicans in Wisconsin and worked in 2016 as digital director for Pat McCrory, North Carolina's governor at the time. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scott Walker hits the airwaves to promote his son Matt's potential congressional run," 6 Sep. 2019 But first, one state governor this week took action on a topic of growing public concern. The Christian Science Monitor, "Africa rises for immigrant rights," 6 Sep. 2019 Tecklenburg said, responding to some backlash from people who did not agree with the governor’s evacuation order. Fox News, "Charleston, S.C., mayor: Dorian flooding impact 'significant,' but 'not as a significant as we thought they would be'," 6 Sep. 2019 Doing both would give the party the trifecta–control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s mansion. Philip Elliott, Time, "How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade," 5 Sep. 2019 The ban gives sellers 30 days to comply and lasts six months -- though the governor can decide to renew it. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Michigan to be first state to ban the sale of flavored vaping products," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of governor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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

Other Words from governor

governorship noun

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