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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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 Polls close: 7 pm Central time Republican heavyweights Rep. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Marty Jackley are up against one another for the governorship. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Every June 5 primary you need to know about, including voting times, briefly explained," 5 June 2018 Between the lower House of Deputies and Mexican Senate, 630 seats are up for grabs and nine out of 32 governorships are being voted on. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "Mexico backs left-wing 'messiah' Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in historic presidential election," 2 July 2018 In Ohio, where the governorship and a Senate seat are on this year’s ballot, another steel mill could soon reopen. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Trump Is ‘Saving Us’: Minnesota Mining Country Warms to Tariffs and G.O.P.," 4 Apr. 2018 Despite the end of the standoff, whoever wins the governorship will still have to contend with a precarious credit rating. Elizabeth Campbell,, "Illinois Candidates Vie to Lead State With Nation’s Worst Credit Rating," 20 Mar. 2018 Democrats seeking the governorship since 1994 have gotten a reliable 30-45 percent of the vote. Nate Poppino, idahostatesman, "More than Oliver North: 3 things to watch for as Idaho Dems, GOP meet this week," 27 June 2018 Her departure cleared the way for McMaster to ascend to the governorship. Meg Kinnard,, "Hours before election, Trump campaigns for South Carolina governor," 26 June 2018 At best, Morena will capture five governorships this election, giving it only a tenuous regional presence. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 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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