Definition of governor general in English:

governor general


  • 1The chief representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country of which the British monarch is head of state.

    • ‘Dame Catherine Tizard became New Zealand's first woman Governor General - the fourth female Governor-General in the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘Brisbane will lead the review into the harbour, while it is expected the Governor General will be the reviewing officer.’
    • ‘Final confirmation of the reserve by the Governor General in Council has never been obtained.’
    • ‘‘It is with deep regret and after much thought that I have today advised the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the office of Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia,’ he added.’
    • ‘In Singapore, in the late 1940s, he was the British Governor General for South East Asia and later in Kenya he had played the role of a diplomat.’
    • ‘After coming to a decision, the members of the Cabinet Committee, or perhaps a senior member, signed the draft Order in Council, which was then presented to the Governor General for her signature.’
    • ‘The Governor General of India, Lord Louis Mountbatten, oversaw the provisional acceptance of Kashmir into the Indian union pending a plebiscite.’
    • ‘Our constitution was written when Queen Victoria ruled and the Governor General was her representative.’
    • ‘The first Governor General of British Bengal was appointed because he was well versed in Urdu and Persian.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Governor General all asked the Singapore Government to grant him clemency, but Singapore's Cabinet rejected their pleas today.’
    • ‘He'd met with the Governor General back in January to discuss the needs of underprivileged children and has so far received her esteemed stamp of approval.’
    • ‘In March 1904 the city council petitioned the Governor General for possession or control of the city water front.’
    • ‘Although she can't force an election, the Governor General can advise the prime minister to dissolve Parliament and call a vote.’
    • ‘The Governor General represented both the Queen and her British government, and he was always a Briton.’
    • ‘She is the youngest daughter of Lord Patten of Barnes, the 28th and last British Governor General of Hong Kong.’
    • ‘Brisbane will lead the international fleet into the harbour to be greeted by onlookers and reviewing officers, Prince Phillip and the Governor General.’
    1. 1.1historical An analogous representative of another Crown.


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