- the executive head of a state in the U.S.
- a person charged with the direction or control of an institution, society, etc.: the governors of a bank; the governor of a prison.
- Also called governor general. the representative of the crown, as in the Commonwealth of Nations.
- a ruler or chief magistrate appointed to govern a province, town, fort, or the like.
- Machinery. a device for maintaining uniform speed regardless of changes of load, as by regulating the supply of fuel or working fluid.
- British Informal.
- one's father.
- one's employer.
- any man of superior rank or status.
Origin of governor
Related Words for governoradministrator, supervisor, comptroller, manager, ruler, executive, boss, director, chief, overseer, superintendent, commander, head, leader, controller, guv
Examples from the Web for governor
Contemporary Examples of governor
Like many Americans—but few Republican presidential candidates—the former Florida governor has evolved on the issue.Jeb Bush’s Unseen Anti-Gay Marriage Emails
January 9, 2015
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.In Defense of Blasphemy
January 9, 2015
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!
January 8, 2015
Duke was a state representative whose neo-Nazi alliances were disgorged in media reports during his run for governor in 1991.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
Abramoff said that the governor needed to remember to “be humble.”Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
Historical Examples of governor
He was thirty years in my governor's service, and doesn't understand my ways.Viviette
William J. Locke
And before you got off the beams, Andrew, the governor of this State will have signed a pardon for you.Way of the Lawless
The Governor won't be here for half an hour; bolt the door and have it out.Life in London
When the Governor or President V-toes a bill, is he supposed to put his foot on it?
On the other side of the Rock you can read how Governor Nieto carried the faith to them.The Trail Book
- a person who governs
- the ruler or chief magistrate of a colony, province, etc
- the representative of the Crown in a British colony
- British the senior administrator or head of a society, prison, etc
- the chief executive of any state in the US
- a device that controls the speed of an engine, esp by regulating the supply of fuel, etc, either to limit the maximum speed or to maintain a constant speed
- Also called: head grammar
- a word in a phrase or clause that is the principal item and gives the function of the whole, as hat in the big red hat
- (as modifier)a governor noun
- British informal a name or title of respect for a father, employer, etc
c.1300, gouernour, "personal keeper, protector, guide," from Old French governeor (11c., Modern French gouverneur) and directly from Latin gubernatorem (nominative gubernator) "director, ruler, governor," originally "steersman, pilot" (see govern). Meaning "subordinate ruler; head of a province, etc." is from late 14c. The adjective gubernatorial remembers the Latin form.