governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vᵊn-ər How to pronounce governor (audio) also ˈgə-vər-nər \

Definition of governor

1 : one that governs: such as
a : one that exercises authority especially over an area or group
b : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit
d : the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization
e : a member of a group that directs or controls an institution or society
2 : tutor
3a slang : one looked upon as governing
b : mister, sir usually used as a term of address
4a : an attachment to a machine (such as a gasoline engine) for automatic control or limitation of speed
b : a device giving automatic control (as of pressure or temperature)

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Other Words from governor

governorate \ ˈgə-​vᵊn-​ər-​ət How to pronounce governor (audio) , -​ˌāt also  ˈgə-​vər-​nər-​ \ noun

Examples of governor in a Sentence

the governor of the state of Florida He was the chairman of the board of governors at the school. the governor of the Bank of England Wait here while I get the governor.
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Recent Examples on the Web Hogan, who has been the Republican governor in deep-blue Maryland since 2015, is seen as a possible GOP nominee for president in 2024. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 No matter his record, DeSantis is arguably an education governor just by virtue of governing Florida. Kathryn Joyce, The New Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 Some housing experts believe the CEQA, enacted when Ronald Reagan was governor, has been weaponized to block development. Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 Scholz is the outgoing vice chancellor and finance minister and Laschet is the governor of Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia. Geir Moulson, ajc, 27 Sep. 2021 Utah’s pandemic planning fluctuated depending on who was governor, said Dr. Andrew Pavia, who has served in state pandemic planning groups and is chief of pediatric infectious diseases at University of Utah Health. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Sep. 2021 At one point, Trump said Stacey Abrams would be a better governor than Kemp. al, 26 Sep. 2021 Laschet is the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous state. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 25 Sep. 2021 Newsom’s defeat of the recall by 63% to 37% (according to the latest election results) was significantly larger than the recall vote in 2003, a 55.4%-44.6% vote to remove Gray Davis, who was an epically unpopular governor. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of governor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of governor was in the 14th century

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“Governor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/governor. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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governor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of governor

: a person who is the leader of the government of a state, province, etc.
: a person who is part of a group of people who control a large organization, school, etc.
: a person who is in charge of a school, prison, or other large organization or institution

governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vər-nər How to pronounce governor (audio) , ˈgə-və-nər \

Kids Definition of governor

: a person who governs and especially the elected head of a state of the United States

governor

noun
gov·​er·​nor | \ ˈgə-vər-nər How to pronounce governor (audio) \

Legal Definition of governor

: one that governs: as
a : one that exercises authority especially over an area or group
b : an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit specifically : the chief executive of a U.S. state
c : the managing director and usually the principal officer of an institution or organization
d : a member of a group that controls or directs an institution the Federal Reserve System's Board of Governors

Other Words from governor

governorship noun

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