The definition of a governor is the head of the state government in the United States, or an official who is in charge of a town or an organization.noun
- An example of a governor is Jerry Brown, the Governor of California.
- An example of a governor is a member of a group of people who oversea an educational institution; the board of governors of a college.
- a person who governs; esp.,
- a person appointed to govern a dependency, province, town, fort, etc.
- ☆ the elected head of any state of the U.S.
- any of the group of persons who direct an organization or institution: the board of governors of a hospital
- Chiefly Brit. the person in charge of an organization or institution, as a prison
- a mechanical device for automatically controlling the speed of an engine or motor as by regulating the intake of fuel, steam, etc.
- Brit., Informal a person having authority; esp., one's father or employer: as a term of address, somewhat old-fashioned
Origin: ME governour < OFr governeor < L gubernator, a pilot, steersman, governor
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- Abbr. Gov. A person who governs, especially:a. The chief executive of a state in the United States.b. An official appointed to govern a colony or territory.c. A member of a governing body.
- The manager or administrative head of an organization, business, or institution.
- Abbr. Gov. A military commandant.
- Chiefly British Used as a form of polite address for a man.
- A feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.