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  1. gov·er·nor
    IPA[ˈɡəv(ə)nər]
  2. noun

    • 1. the elected executive head of a state of the US.

    • 2. an official appointed to govern a town or region.

    • 3. the representative of the British Crown in a colony or in a Commonwealth state that regards the monarch as head of state.

    • 4. the head of a public institution:

      the governor of the Bank of England
    • 5. a member of a governing body.

    • 6. the person in authority; one's employer.

    • 7. a device automatically regulating the supply of fuel, steam, or water to a machine, ensuring uniform motion or limiting speed.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: governor, plural noun: governors

    • abbreviation

      government.

      governor.

    • noun

      an official appointed to govern a town or region.

      the elected executive head of a state of the US.

    • abbreviation

      government.

      governor.

    • noun

      the executive officer of a state who is next in rank to a governor and who takes the governor's place in case of disability or death.

      the executive officer of a Canadian province, appointed by the governor general.

    • noun

      the chief representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country of which the British monarch is head of state.

      an analogous representative of another Crown.

    • abbreviation

      lieutenant governor.
    • noun

      the chief representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country of which the British monarch is head of state.

      an analogous representative of another Crown.

    • noun

      the acting or deputy governor of a state or province, under a governor or Governor General.
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