lieutenant governor


: a deputy or subordinate governor: such as
: an elected official serving as deputy to the governor of an American state
: the formal head of the government of a Canadian province appointed by the federal government as the representative of the crown
lieutenant governorship noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The seat is currently held by Rep. Laura Devlin, R-Fairfield, who was the nominee for lieutenant governor on the losing ticket led by the Republican gubernatorial nominee, Bob Stefanowski. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 17 Nov. 2022 La Follette was first elected as Secretary of State in 1974 and served a single term before mounting an unsuccessful challenge for lieutenant governor. Bill Glauber, Journal Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2022 Both of the candidates for lieutenant governor are women, and though results are not yet in for that race, Sanders’ victory ensures Arkansas will become one of the first states in the country to be led by women in both top spots. Brian Bennett, Time, 9 Nov. 2022 Sophocleus, a retired economics instructor at Auburn University, said the party is looking at Page-Nelson’s run for lieutenant governor as the possible inroad toward achieving the 20%. al, 6 Nov. 2022 Democrats’ statewide slate includes a woman for comptroller and an immigrant and woman of color for lieutenant governor — their victories would be the first such for Maryland. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2022 But that was also rejected, with the justices writing that voters would still have their say on candidates for lieutenant governor through the nonpartisan primary process. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Oct. 2022 Leah Allen, a former state lawmaker, is the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor. Matt Stout,, 19 Oct. 2022 Two days after the Masters event, Pence was in Georgia headlining a fundraiser for Burt Jones, the nominee for lieutenant governor. Jill Colvin, ajc, 16 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lieutenant governor was in 1595

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“Lieutenant governor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

lieutenant governor


: an elected official serving as deputy to the governor of an American state
: the formal head of the government of a Canadian province appointed to represent the crown

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