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[guhv-er-ner-ship, -uh-ner-] /ˈgʌv ər nərˌʃɪp, -ə nər-/
the duties, term in office, etc., of a governor.
Origin of governorship
First recorded in 1635-45; governor + -ship
Related forms
subgovernorship, noun Unabridged
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  • He's out to get the Republican nomination for the governorship.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • During his three years in the governorship, he had lived in the palace at Williamsburg.

    Patrick Henry

    Moses Coit Tyler
  • My son was in the army; he is so still, but holds a governorship in the West Indies.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • De la Noue resigned to him the governorship, and left the city.

  • Nor indeed could it be, richly though he had deserved that or any other governorship.

    The Tribune of Nova Scotia

    W. L. (William Lawson) Grant
British Dictionary definitions for governorship


the office, jurisdiction, or term of a governor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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