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

Examples of gubernatorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neely formally launched a bid run as the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2022. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 The politician has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and is running against Democratic nominee Josh Stein in North Carolina's gubernatorial election this fall. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 8 July 2024 Republican Kari Lake lost Arizona’s 2022 gubernatorial election fair and square. Mark Barabak, The Mercury News, 6 July 2024 In the 2018 gubernatorial election, Lamont received 49.4% of the vote and his challenger, Republican Bob Stefanowski, received 46.2% of the vote. Kaitlyn Pohly, Hartford Courant, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gubernatorial 

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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 24 Jul. 2024.

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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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