gov·​er·​nor·​ship | \ˈgə-vᵊn-ər-ˌship also ˈgə-vər-nər- \

Definition of governorship 

1 : the office of governor

2 : the period of incumbency of a governor

Examples of governorship in a Sentence

a candidate for the governorship The state has done well during her governorship.

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Thirty-six governorships are at stake, of which Republicans now hold 26. William A. Galston, WSJ, "After the Midterms, Party Strategies Are Set," 6 Nov. 2018 The governorship is among roughly 10 in states now occupied by Republicans that McAuliffe said are within reach of Democrats. Fox News, "In Iowa, McAuliffe says he's not ruling out 2020 campaign," 18 Sep. 2018 While redistricting seems a long way away, experts say the governorship and state races mean parties should be focusing on this year’s midterms. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Midterms Could Have a Big Impact on Redistricting," 24 May 2018 There were more than three dozen events in Florida alone, a state that features competitive races for the Senate, the governorship and a half dozen House races. Steve Peoples,, "Republicans to spend $250 million to keep hold on House," 15 Apr. 2018 And in Minnesota, which President Trump came close to winning in 2016, longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Walz won the governorship by 12 points and Sens. William A. Galston, WSJ, "The Midwest Is the Democrats’ Key," 13 Nov. 2018 Republicans are also defending 26 governorships this year including in Nevada, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maine and Florida. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Wisconsin Canary," 4 Apr. 2018 One of the signal moments in Mr. Deukmejian’s governorship came in 1989, after a gunman killed five elementary school children in Stockton, Calif., using an AK-47. Katie Hafner, New York Times, "George Deukmejian, 2-Term California Governor in the ’80s, Dies at 89," 8 May 2018 The leftist former mayor of Mexico City won more than 53% of the votes Sunday, and the coalition led by his Morena party secured majorities in both houses of congress as well as several key governorships, according to the national electoral agency. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Market Uncertainty Greets Election of Mexico’s López Obrador," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of governorship

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of governorship

: the job of a governor

: the period when a person is a governor


gov·​er·​nor·​ship | \ˈgə-vər-nər-ˌship, ˈgə-və-nər-\

Kids Definition of governorship

1 : the office or position of governor

2 : the term of office of a governor

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