WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gov•er•nor /ˈgʌvɚnɚ, -ənɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]
  1. Governmentthe executive head of a state in the U.S.
  2. a person charged with the direction or control of an institution, society, etc.:the governor of a prison.
  3. Governmenta ruler or chief magistrate appointed to govern a province, town, fort, or the like.
  4. Mechanical Engineeringa device for maintaining uniform speed (in a machine, engine, etc.), as by regulating the supply of fuel.
gov•er•nor•ship, n. [uncountable]

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governor /ˈɡʌvənə/ n
  1. a person who governs
  2. the ruler or chief magistrate of a colony, province, etc
  3. the representative of the Crown in a British colony
  4. Brit the senior administrator or head of a society, prison, etc
  5. the chief executive of any state in the US
  6. a device that controls the speed of an engine, esp by regulating the supply of fuel, etc, either to limit the maximum speed or to maintain a constant speed
  7. Brit informal a name or title of respect for a father, employer, etc

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