What does governor mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word governor.

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.

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. Courtnei Caldwell:

    The biggest issue we're having is( the governor) is acting as if this is not urgent, but for folks who don't have that right to vote, this is urgent.

  2. Jose Kakilala:

    I cannot say we can end the offensive in 72 hours, it depends on the assessment of the ground commander but we can certainly consider the appeal of the governor.

  3. Illinois State Rifle Association:

    This is a clear indication from the court that the General Assembly and Governor Pritzker rammed this law through improperly. The ISRA firmly believes the law is an infringement on all law-abiding residents’ 2nd Amendment rights.

  4. Andy Beshear:

    A county line is something that we put on a map. It's not real, at least while I'm governor, we're going to make sure that the whole state is operating under the very same game plan. Because the moment we relax something from County A, someone from County B drives to County A, and all of a sudden we see a very large outbreak.

  5. President Donald Trump:

    I told the governor of Georgia Brian Kemp that I disagree strongly with his decision to open certain facilities which are in violation of the phase one guidelines for the incredible people of Georgia.

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