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

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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By all measures, the former Georgia House minority leader’s run for the Georgia governorship as the first African American female nominee by a major party was historic. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Tony Evers, who defeated Mr. Walker for the governorship in November, pledged during his campaign to clean up drinking water. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 Ervin, 61, moved to the top of the ticket last month, after Kamenetz died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest, becoming the second black woman in the country vying for a governorship this year after Georgia’s Stacey Abrams. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Valerie Ervin: A career in politics based on fighting unfair treatment," 10 June 2018 Sam Brownback Returns to His First Vocation: Warrior for the Christian Right Colyer has been in limbo all these months, even as Secretary of State Kris Kobach prepared to challenge him for the governorship this November. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Good News for Kansas: Governor Brownback to Be Confirmed for Ambassadorship," 24 Jan. 2018 Since Republicans swept to control of the North Carolina Legislature and the governorship in 2010 and 2012, the state has become ground zero for struggles over election rules and voting rights. Michael Wines, New York Times, "North Carolina Republicans Are Back With a New Plan for Strict Voter Laws," 15 June 2018 This year is shaping up as a banner political season as well, with thousands of women lining up to run nationally, including at least 79 for governorships in 31 states. Susan Kelleher, The Seattle Times, "‘Why not me?’ More women are running for public office to change politics in Washington state and across the U.S.," 15 Jan. 2018 Ralph Northam won the Virginia governorship in 2017 in part by wielding race as a weapon unfairly against Republican Ed Gillespie. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ralph Northam’s Racial Education," 3 Feb. 2019 In 13 states, Democrats now control the governorship along with upper and lower legislative chambers. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Governors could drive the next wave of climate change action," 8 Nov. 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 How to pronounce governorship (audio) , 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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