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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Jealous garnered more than 1 million votes, still the third-highest vote total for a gubernatorial candidate in state history. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Ben Jealous might seek Maryland governor’s office again, rules out run for Baltimore mayor," 5 Sep. 2019 Fuel Fix: Get daily energy news headlines in your inbox Founded by Laredo businessman and former Texas gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez Jr. in 2011, Sanchez Energy was once ranked as the third most active driller in the Eagle Ford Shale. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Sanchez Energy files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy," 12 Aug. 2019 Kentuckians will also vote in the gubernatorial race on Nov. 5. Julia Fair,, "NKY special election: political parties choose their candidates to fill the 63rd House District race," 22 Aug. 2019 Also departing from the board was Dennis Nayden, a long-serving trustee who backed Lamont’s Republican opponent in the 2018 gubernatorial race. Daniela Altimari,, "Gov. Ned Lamont expected to name a new chairman of the UConn trustees by Sept. 1," 14 Aug. 2019 The program, which will cost between $4 million and $5 million, is targeting 20 battleground states in the Midwest and Southeast, including Michigan and Georgia (plus three red states with gubernatorial races this year). Forrest Milburn, Washington Post, "Daily News Quiz: Hong Kong protests, climate change, battleground 2020," 14 Aug. 2019 After narrowly losing the Georgia gubernatorial race in the fall, Abrams has focused on promoting and strengthening voter rights. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Stacey Abrams says she would be open to being a vice presidential candidate," 14 Aug. 2019 The Republican Governors Association has been the biggest advertiser so far in this gubernatorial race, spending more than $2.5 million over the airwaves, according to data from Advertising Analytics. NBC News, "GOP ad ties Kentucky Democrat to Warren, Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez," 13 Aug. 2019 Political observers generally give him a fifty-fifty shot of winning and thereby breaking the Democrats’ twenty-year losing streak in Mississippi gubernatorial races. Bob Moser, The New Yorker, "Mississippi’s Race for Governor Tests the Limits of Conservatism," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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