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governor general

or gov·er·nor-gen·er·al

noun, plural governors general, governor generals.
  1. a governor who is chief over subordinate or deputy governors.
  2. governor(def 3).
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Origin of governor general

First recorded in 1580–90
Related formsgov·er·nor-gen·er·al·ship, noun
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Examples from the Web for governor general

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  • He would be proposed by the Governor-General, and nominated by the Porte for four years.

    Bulgaria

    Frank Fox

  • The lieutenant-governors of the provinces are appointed by the governor-general in council.

  • After the war was over, he won great fame as governor-general of India from 1786 to 1794.

  • Ought the Governor-General to have yielded to the Ghoorkha demand?

  • Nehru said calmly, shaking hands with the Governor-General of Pakistan.

    The Golden Judge

    Nathaniel Gordon


British Dictionary definitions for governor general

governor general

noun plural governors general or governor generals
  1. the representative of the Crown in a dominion of the Commonwealth or a British colony; vicegerent
  2. British a governor with jurisdiction or precedence over other governors
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Derived Formsgovernor-generalship, noun
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