[goo-ber-nuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, gyoo-]


of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor.

Origin of gubernatorial

1725–35, Americanism; < Latin gubernātōr- (stem of gubernātor) steersman, governor + -ial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gubernatorial

Contemporary Examples of gubernatorial

Historical Examples of gubernatorial

  • Be that as it may, it was nip and tuck between them in the gubernatorial campaign.

    Revolutionary Reader

    Sophie Lee Foster

  • They all went, with cheerfulness unimpaired by gubernatorial admonition.

    The Business of Life

    Robert W. Chambers

  • Other old bugaboos that have been embraced are gubernatorial, presidential and standpoint.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken

  • This left Dummer in the gubernatorial chair for nearly six years.

    Historic Homes

    Mary H. Northend

  • They too could not be quartered at the gubernatorial mansion.

    The Cavaliers of Virginia

    William A. Caruthers

British Dictionary definitions for gubernatorial



mainly US of or relating to a governor

Word Origin for gubernatorial

C18: from Latin gubernātor governor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gubernatorial

1734, formed in American English from Latin gubernator (see govern) + -al (1). As an English word, gubernator was in use from 1520s but is rare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper