Governor meaning

gŭvər-nər
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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.

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.

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(chiefly british) Used as a form of polite address for a man.
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A person who governs.
  • 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.
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A person who governs, especially:
  • The chief executive of a state in the United States.
  • An official appointed to govern a colony or territory.
  • A member of a governing body.
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The manager or administrative head of an organization, business, or institution.
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A military commandant.
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A feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.
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A mechanical device for automatically controlling the speed of an engine or motor as by regulating the intake of fuel, steam, etc.
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(brit., informal) A person having authority; esp., one's father or employer.
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(politics) The leader of a region or state that is a member of a federation or an empire. In Rome, they were endorsed by the emperor and appointed by the Senate. In the modern United States, they are elected by the people of that state.
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A device which regulates or controls some action of a machine through automatic feedback.
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A member of a decision-making for an organization or entity (including some public agencies) similar to or equivalent to a board of directors (used especially for banks); a member of the board of governors.

The seven members of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, www.federalreserve.gov (November 6, 2009)

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(informal) Father.
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(informal) Boss, employer.
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(grammar) A constituent of a phrase that governs another.
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Origin of governor

  • From Middle English govenour, from Old French gouvreneur, from Latin gubernator, from Ancient Greek κυβερνήτης (kybernetes, “steersman, pilot, guide”), from κυβερνάω (kybernao, “to steer, to drive, to guide, to act as a pilot”).

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