gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio) , ˌgyü-, ˌgu̇-, -bə-\

Definition of gubernatorial

: of or relating to a governor the gubernatorial election

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One issue that helped Florida Governor Ron DeSantis beat progressive Andrew Gillum in November’s gubernatorial nail-biter was his support for the state’s private school voucher program. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Florida’s Voucher Vindication," 8 Feb. 2019 Fresh off of her gubernatorial run, Cynthia Nixon has signed on to the series, as has Sharon Stone, Judy Davis, Corey Stoll, Amanda Plummer, Jon Jon Briones, Charlie Carver, Harriet Harris, Hunter Parrish, and Finn Wittrock. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," 15 Jan. 2019 But the former gubernatorial candidate has also accepted an assignment that’s tailor-made for second-guessing. Tamar Hallerman, The Seattle Times, "‘Terrified’ Stacey Abrams prepares to counterpunch Trump’s State of Union," 5 Feb. 2019 Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to his speech. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Ana Maria Archila, Who Confronted Jeff Flake During the Kavanaugh Hearings, Will Accompany Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the State of the Union," 4 Feb. 2019 Brian Kemp, the ultimately successful GOP gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, was Georgia secretary of state during the campaign — a job that includes supervising the conduct of elections. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 In 2020, two African-Americans are planning campaigns, and other would-be candidates have spent parts of the last year stumping with such high-profile black gubernatorial candidates such as Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida. Reid J. Epstein, WSJ, "California Upends 2020 Democratic Primary Calendar," 17 Dec. 2018 Among the gubernatorial wins were Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan, Michelle Lujan-Grisham in New Mexico, Laura Kelly in Kansas, Jared Polis in Colorado, Tim Walz in Minnesota, Janet Mills in Maine, and Steve Sisolak in Nevada. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What the Midterm Election Results Actually Mean for Abortion Access," 7 Nov. 2018 Hunt, 59, is hoping to capitalize on Brown’s desire to burnish his gubernatorial legacy during his last two months in office. Paul Elias, The Seattle Times, "Billionaire Boys Club’s Joe Hunt seeks cut in life sentence," 23 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of gubernatorial

1734, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gubernatorial

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

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English Language Learners Definition of gubernatorial

: of or relating to the governor of a U.S. state or to the position of governor


gu·​ber·​na·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌgü-bər-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce gubernatorial (audio) , ˌgyü-\

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: relating to a governor

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