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

Examples of gubernatorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since 2006, every gubernatorial candidate and presidential candidate who has won statewide carried Macomb County. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Trump admits downplaying virus, but told Woodward it was "deadly"," 9 Sep. 2020 Shaw said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who won a seven-way primary with 34.4 percent of the vote, would have needed 58 percent of the independent voters to catch Putnam, who finished second in the Republican primary. Jim Turner,, "Black lawmakers oppose amendment to change Florida primaries," 8 Sep. 2020 Ultimately, Biden selected Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris over former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Rep. Karen Bass, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and others. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Kimberly Klacik slams critics who say Trump endorsed her solely because of her race by pointing out Biden's weekslong veepstakes process," 3 Sep. 2020 Cahaly points to the Florida 2018 gubernatorial race as an example. John Mccormack, National Review, "The Pollster Who Thinks Trump Is Winning in Wisconsin and Michigan," 31 Aug. 2020 Viscaria wanted to cast a ballot for the United States’ first transgender gubernatorial candidate on a major-party ticket, Christine Hallquist. Kate Sosin, USA TODAY, "Trans Americans’ voting rights were already in jeopardy. The pandemic threatens to make things worse," 27 Aug. 2020 Vázquez is competing against Pedro Pierluisi, a former justice secretary who represented Puerto Rico in Congress for eight years, for the gubernatorial nomination of the pro-statehood New Progressive Party. DÁnica Coto, Star Tribune, "Puerto Rico set for 2nd voting round after botched primaries," 12 Aug. 2020 Steven and Robert become the gubernatorial candidates who face off in the Nationalist primary runoff, and René and Ben become the party chairs of the Nationalist and Federalist parties, respectively. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Boys State,” Reviewed: A Frustratingly Hermetic View of Texas Teen Politicos," 20 Aug. 2020 Themis Klarides, the Republican leader in the state House of Representatives, and Bob Stefanowski, the party’s 2018 gubernatorial nominee, have both called on Romano to step down. Zach Murdock,, "Justin Anderson wins recount in Connecticut’s 2nd District Republican primary over Thomas Gilmer, former candidate arrested on domestic violence charges," 18 Aug. 2020

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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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“Gubernatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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