governor

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
gov•er•nor  (guvər nər, -ə nər),USA pronunciation n. 
  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 governors of a bank; the governor of a prison.
  3. GovernmentAlso called governor general. the representative of the crown, as in the Commonwealth of Nations.
  4. Governmenta ruler or chief magistrate appointed to govern a province, town, fort, or the like.
  5. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]a device for maintaining uniform speed regardless of changes of load, as by regulating the supply of fuel or working fluid.
  6. British TermsBrit. Informal.
    • one's father.
    • one's employer.
    • any man of superior rank or status.
  • Latin gubernātōrem, accusative of gubernātor = gubernā(re) to steer, govern + -tor -tor
  • Old French governeor, gouverneur
  • Middle English governour 1250–1300
    In governor, the process of dissimilation—the tendency for neighboring like sounds to become unlike or for one of them to disappear entirely—commonly results in the loss of the first (r)USA pronunciation of (guvər nər),USA pronunciation producing the pronunciation (guvə nər).USA pronunciation This pronunciation is heard even in regions where postvocalic (r)USA pronunciation is not usually dropped. A further loss, of the medial unstressed vowel, results in (guvnər).USA pronunciation All three pronunciations are standard. See  colonel, February, library. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

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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