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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After years of being a minority party, the GOP gained hundreds of seats in state legislatures between 1990 and 2016, as well 23 additional governorships. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Red state, blue state — does it really matter? Americans don’t know what they want.," 6 Sep. 2019 Things were supposed to change in November, when California Democrats scored the trifecta of legislative wins: both houses of government and the governorship. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "LA residents fed up with officials, demand change after homeless crisis spirals in city," 20 Aug. 2019 That has left Republicans contending with the conservative gadfly turned perpetual candidate Kris Kobach, who last year did the impossible, losing the Kansas governorship to a Democrat. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Why Are These Democrats Too Good for the Senate?," 16 Aug. 2019 Though inspired by Trump, the law applies to any candidate seeking the presidency or the governorship of California., "New law would bar Trump from appearing on Calif. ballot if he doesn’t disclose tax returns," 30 July 2019 But now people want to target exactly the politicians that are taking over the governorship. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Frustration Behind Puerto Rico’s Popular Movement," 26 July 2019 Given that Rosselló's secretary of state has already resigned, Vasquez will take over the governorship after Rosselló officially leaves office in August. Andrew Boryga,, "Florida’s Puerto Ricans push for change, even beyond Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's resignation," 25 July 2019 That helped discourage opposition, both as Abbott sought re-election and then sought the governorship after his predecessor, former Gov. Rick Perry, chose not to run in 2014. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott raises $12 million in two weeks, cites ‘success’ of legislative session," 15 July 2019 There was better news for Mr Putin in the elections for governorships, where United Russia’s candidates all triumphed in the first round. The Economist, "Local elections embarrass the Kremlin," 14 Sep. 2019

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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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