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[guhv-er-ner-ship, -uh-ner-]
  1. the duties, term in office, etc., of a governor.
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Origin of governorship

First recorded in 1635–45; governor + -ship
Related formssub·gov·er·nor·ship, noun
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Contemporary Examples of governorship

Historical Examples of governorship

  • 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.


    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


  1. the office, jurisdiction, or term of a governor
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