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 In one of the most competitive Oregon gubernatorial primaries in decades, 34 candidates from both sides of the aisle will find out after Tuesday night who will move on to November's general election with a chance to secure Oregon's governorship. Orlando Mayorquin, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 At the same time, some were complimentary of Stefanowski, noting that Democrats have a large advantage in voter registration in a state where Republicans have not won the governorship or any Congressional race since 2006. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 2 June 2022 Chief among them were contests for the Senate and governorship in Georgia, which has become a battleground state since the last presidential contest and has remained in the spotlight thanks largely to Donald Trump. Phillip M. Bailey, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 At one time in his administration, Mr. Kramer’s popularity was regarded as enough to prompt him to examine his prospects in a forthcoming race for Maryland’s governorship. Meagan Flynn, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 The crucial swing state will hold its primary on May 17, with key races for a U.S. Senate seat and the governorship. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who oversaw the 2020 election as secretary of state, is now challenging Ducey for the governorship. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 15 Apr. 2022 Youngkin made education a cornerstone of his campaign for the governorship and has continued to focus on the topic during his early weeks in office. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2022 For their part, DeSantis’s would-be opponents for the governorship, Democrats Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist, both blasted House Republicans after the vote. Jonathan Levin,, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of governorship

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Governorship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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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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