gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio)
: of or relating to a governor
the gubernatorial election

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web DeSantis has so far dodged questions on his possible Washington aspirations, skirting the subject repeatedly during his only gubernatorial debate with Crist in late October. Anthony Izaguirre, Chicago Tribune, 8 Nov. 2022 Democratic nominee Tina Kotek, right, listened to Republican nominee Christine Drazan during an Oregon gubernatorial debate in July. James Pindell,, 7 Nov. 2022 During the only Texas gubernatorial debate in September, Abbott brought up a perplexing figure—$25 billion in mental health care spending—in response to the Uvalde shooting. Kate Holland, ABC News, 6 Nov. 2022 Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp duked it out in Georgia's final gubernatorial debate before the Nov. 8 midterm elections. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2022 Georgia midterm gubernatorial debate: With just a week to go before Election Day, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp will face off against Stacey Abrams – who is seeking to oust him from office – in their second and final debate. Editors, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 On another front, Newsom was strong enough to set up the pathetic excuse for the campaign’s only gubernatorial debate. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2022 In a gubernatorial debate on Wednesday evening, Alaska education issues frequently came up among candidates. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2022 In other news from the trail, the gubernatorial debate initially planned for Wednesday has been postponed until Oct. 24 because of the recent hurricane. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin gubernator governor, steersman, from gubernare to govern — more at govern

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gubernatorial was in 1734

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“Gubernatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al ˌgüb-ə(r)-nə-ˈtōr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio)
: of or relating to a governor

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