gov·​er·​nor·​ship | \ ˈgə-vᵊn-ər-ˌship How to pronounce governorship (audio) 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Republicans defied the polls in 2018 to win the governorship narrowly with Ron DeSantis and hold Rick Scott’s Senate seat. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Election 2020: Everything you need to know," 3 Nov. 2020 He was recruited to seek the mayor's office, then served two terms in the Iowa Senate before being the first Democrat to win the governorship in 30 years. Mary Clare Jalonick, USA TODAY, "Biden to nominate Tom Vilsack for agriculture secretary, a role he previously held for 8 years," 9 Dec. 2020 He was recruited to seek the mayor’s office, then served two terms in the Iowa Senate before being the first Democrat to win the governorship in 30 years. Mary Clare Jalonick,, "Joe Biden selects Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge for housing, Tom Vilsack for agriculture, according to sources," 8 Dec. 2020 The last Virginian to leap directly from local government to the lieutenant governorship was now-Sen. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan to run for Virginia lieutenant governor," 1 Dec. 2020 Newsom, however, made a smart move last week in an attempt to right his foundering governorship. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Legislators return with new bills to help Californians hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic," 14 Dec. 2020 The Cooney-Gianforte race is the Republicans' best opportunity to pick up a governorship this cycle. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Montana Senate race close, like other down-ballot contests in the state," 2 Nov. 2020 Surovell was chafing at the new limits — in part because Democrats will have to defend their five-seat House majority and the governorship in elections next year. Washington Post, "As Virginia Democrats rein themselves in with bill limits, some legislators see lost opportunities," 29 Nov. 2020 Democrats hold the governorship, and Republicans control both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper wins second term," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of governorship

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Feb 2021

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“Governorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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