Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who governs, especially:
  • n. The chief executive of a state in the United States.
  • n. An official appointed to govern a colony or territory.
  • n. A member of a governing body.
  • n. The manager or administrative head of an organization, business, or institution.
  • n. A military commandant.
  • n. Chiefly British Used as a form of polite address for a man.
  • n. A feedback device on a machine or engine that is used to provide automatic control, as of speed, pressure, or temperature.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.
  • n. A device which regulates or controls some action of a machine through automatic feedback.
  • n. 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.
  • n. father.
  • n. Boss, employer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who governs; especially, one who is invested with the supreme executive authority in a State; a chief ruler or magistrate.
  • n. One who has the care or guardianship of a young man; a tutor; a guardian.
  • n. A pilot; a steersman.
  • n. A contrivance applied to steam engines, water wheels, and other machinery, to maintain nearly uniform speed when the resistances and motive force are variable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steersman; a pilot.
  • n. The person invested with the supreme executive power in a state or community; specifically, as a personal title, the chief magistrate of a state or province: as, the governor of Connecticut; the governor of Newfoundland. As a title, abbreviated Gov.
  • n. One who is charged with the direction or control of an undertaking or institution: as, the governors of the Bank of England; the governor of a prison or hospital.
  • n. A tutor; one who has the care of a young man; one who instructs a pupil and forms his manners. Compare governess, 2.
  • n. A father; a master or superior; an employer; an elderly person.
  • n. In machinery, a self-acting regulator which controls a supply of steam, gas, or water; especially, any device for automatically regulating the amount of power developed in a machine, as in a steamengine.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. The regulator used in arc-lamps to control the current. See regulator.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the head of a state government
  • n. a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)

Etymologies

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"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Governor David Paterson, happens to be a Democrat and both Black and Blind, the state's first African-American governor - and the first blind ­governor in America.

    British Blogs

  • Brown is known to be unorthodox - he earned the moniker "governor moonbeam" during his first stint as governor from 1975 to 1983 - and he urged legislators to "rise above ideology and partisan interest" after taking the oath of office in January.

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  • Maybe the Massachusetts legislature could just pass a bill that says if the governor is a Democrat, the governor appoints the new Senator.

    Patrick supports Kennedy's wish for interim senator

  • The Minnesota governor is the keynote speaker Saturday night at a major dinner hosted by the Republican Party of Florida.

    Pawlenty back in spotlight, again

  • Professor WILLIAM HALL (Political Science, Bradley University): In almost every state, the governor is an important part of the reapportionment process, which will be upcoming in 2011.

    GOP Has Chance To 'Plant Flag' In Obama's State

  • And the governor is announcing that "The days of continuous taxation and the days of continuous spending have come to an end".

    Lance Mannion:

  • "Your governor is a welcher and a deadbeat," Giuliani said.

    Ehrlich's former foe seeks just desserts from O'Malley

  • He added that the governor is also committed to keeping the power grid on the west side of the mountains flowing — the Centralia plant produces steam power — and making sure jobs are secure.

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  • Look no further than the fact that the governor is angry (really angry), that some of our city's elected officials are stalling a symbolic project of her administration, to understand how misguided their efforts really are.

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  • It's interesting that in this state, everyone who's opposed to the health care lawsuit acts like the governor is the boss of the attorney general, but they're not complaining about states like Minnesota where the governor requested the attorney general to join the lawsuit but the A.G. refused.

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