What does governor mean?

Definitions for governor
ˈgʌv ər nər, -ə nərgov·er·nor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. governornoun

    the head of a state government

  2. governor, regulatornoun

    a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)


  1. governornoun

    The leader of a region or state that is a member of a federation or an empire. In Rome, they were endorsed by the emperor and appointed by the Senate. In the modern United States, they are elected by the people of that state.

  2. governornoun

    A device which regulates or controls some action of a machine through automatic feedback.

  3. governornoun

    A member of a decision-making for an organization or entity (including some public agencies) similar to or equivalent to a board of directors (used especially for banks); a member of the board of governors

    The seven members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.

  4. governornoun


  5. governornoun

    boss, employer

  6. Etymology: From gubernator, from κυβερνήτης, from κυβερνάω.


  1. Governor

    A governor is an administrative leader and head of a polity or political region, ranking under the head of state and in some cases, such as governors-general, as the head of state's official representative. Depending on the type of political region or polity, a governor may be either appointed or elected, and the governor's powers can vary significantly, depending on the public laws in place locally. The adjective pertaining to a governor is gubernatorial, from the Latin root gubernare.


  1. governor

    A governor is an individual elected or appointed as the chief executive of a state, province, or territory. Their role is to implement and enforce laws and policies, manage the state's resources, represent their jurisdiction at an official level, and serve as the head of the state's executive branch. The specific powers and responsibilities of a governor may vary depending on the particular governmental and legal system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governornoun

    one who governs; especially, one who is invested with the supreme executive authority in a State; a chief ruler or magistrate; as, the governor of Pennsylvania

  2. Governornoun

    one who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian

  3. Governornoun

    a pilot; a steersman

  4. Governornoun

    a contrivance applied to steam engines, water wheels, and other machinery, to maintain nearly uniform speed when the resistances and motive force are variable

  5. Etymology: [OE. governor, governour, OF. governeor, F. gouverneur, fr. L. gubernator steersman, ruler, governor. See Govern.]


  1. Governor

    A governor is a governing official, or a part that governs something else, usually the executive of a non-sovereign level of government, ranking under the head of state. In federations, a governor may be the title of each appointed or elected politician who governs a constituent state. In countries, the heads of the constitutive states, provinces, communities and regions may be titled Governor, although this is less common in parliamentary systems such as in some European nations and many of their former colonies, which use titles such as President of the Regional Council in France, President of the Regional Junta in Italy and Ministerpräsident in Germany, where in some states there are governorates as sub-state administrative regions. Other countries using different titles for sub-national units include Mexico, United States and Switzerland. The title also lies, historically, to executive officials acting as representatives of a chartered company which has been granted exercise of sovereignty in a colonial area, such as the British HEIC or the Dutch VOC. These companies operate as a major state within a state with its own armed forces.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. governor

    An officer placed by royal commission in command of a fortress, town, or colony. Governors are also appointed to institutions, hospitals, and other establishments. Also, a revolving bifurcate pendulum, with two iron balls, whose centrifugal divergence equalizes the motion of the steam-engine.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. governor

    An officer placed by royal commission in the military command of a fortress, not only over the garrison but over the inhabitants. In time of war it is an office of great responsibility, and at all times requires considerable experience and military information. Also, in the United States, one who is invested with supreme authority in a State.

Editors Contribution

  1. governor

    A person officially elected to govern.

    The school board of governors have a transparent and just voting system.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Governor is ranked #64891 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Governor surname appeared 306 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Governor.

    49.6% or 152 total occurrences were White.
    40.2% or 123 total occurrences were Black.
    4.2% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.2% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'governor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3985

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'governor' in Nouns Frequency: #1111

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of governor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of governor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of governor in a Sentence

  1. Brian Kropp:

    With Abbott's announcement, now they'll have employees saying,' The governor says I don't need to be vaccinated,' there will likely to be lawsuits, even if they turn out to be nuisance lawsuits. At a minimum, it creates a lot of distraction for employees and employers.

  2. George Kostyrko:

    The governor's executive order calls on every Californian to help save water during this drought and it specifically includes limiting car washing and making sure to wash with recycled water, all over the state many Californians are rising to the challenge and there's always more conservation work to be done, George Kostyrko said. Unlike many commercial car washes, the county's facilities do not use recirculated water, The Daily News said. The supervisors declined to answer questions from The Daily News about the car washing. County public information officers and representatives for Garcetti had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters. California is in its fourth year of a withering drought that has killed 12.5 million trees, forced farmers to fallow a half-million acres of land and left mountains bereft of snow that melts to replenish streams and reservoirs. Garcetti's.

  3. Terry McAuliffe:

    She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election, that's what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away.

  4. Donald Trump:

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion Monday vacating former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption convictionsand sent it back to the lower appeals court. ‘In addition to being inconsistent with both text and precedent, the Government’s expansive interpretation of ‘official act’ would raise significant constitutional concerns,’according to the unanimous opinion.‘Because the jury was not correctly instructed on the meaning of ‘official act,’ it may have convicted Governor McDonnell for conduct that is not unlawful.’ SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe posted in a live chat on the opinion: ‘Very favorable to the governor but not over.’.

  5. Alex Sink:

    I just think Charlie Crist's certainly best prepared to be governor and do the things we need Charlie Crist to do, but also Charlie Crist's best prepared to win and raise the money to wage the fight against Ron DeSantis.

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