Definition of governor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡʌvənə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌvərnər//
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  1. 1  (also Governor) a person who is the official head of a country or region that is governed by another country the former governor of the colony a provincial governor
  2. 2  (also Governor) a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state in the US the governor of Arizona the Arizona governor Governor Bev Perdue
  3. 3  (especially British English) a member of a group of people who are responsible for controlling an institution such as a school, a college or a hospital a school governor the board of governors of the college
  4. 4  (British English) a person who is in charge of an institution a prison governor the governor of the Bank of England (informal) I can't decide. I'll have to ask the governor (= the man in charge, who employs somebody). see also guv’nor
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French governeour, from Latin gubernator, from gubernare ‘to steer, rule’, from Greek kubernan ‘to steer’.Extra examples She served as a parent governor at her children’s school. She was appointed as acting governor until an election could be held. They voted to recall the sitting governor. A copy of the report was sent to the prison governor. Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi He is a former governor of the Bank of England. He was confirmed as the provincial governor for another five-year term. He will take office as interim governor pending fresh elections. I’ll have to present my plan to the board of governors. One way of getting things changed is to become a school governor. She has officially launched her campaign to become state governor. The report was written by Chris Patten, the former governor of Hong Kong. a provincial/​State governor
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