What does governor mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. governor(noun)

    the head of a state government

  2. governor, regulator(noun)

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


  1. governor(Noun)

    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. governor(Noun)

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

  3. governor(Noun)

    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. governor(Noun)


  5. governor(Noun)

    boss, employer

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Governor(noun)

    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. Governor(noun)

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

  3. Governor(noun)

    a pilot; a steersman

  4. Governor(noun)

    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. Origin: [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.

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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

How to pronounce governor?

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How to say governor in sign language?

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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. Roger Wicker:

    He'll be the next governor.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    See ya, governor, take care.

  3. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie:

    Maybe leaning towards a governor.

  4. Corey Lewandowski on Sunday:

    The governor is not doing the job.

  5. Donald Trump:

    He's a good governor, i feel badly for him.

Images & Illustrations of governor

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