Definition of governorship in US English:



  • 1The office or position of being the elected executive head of a state of the US.

    ‘his campaign for the governorship of California’
    • ‘The chairman of the party's financial committee always held the governorship of the Central Bank.’
    • ‘As consul, he used violence to force through legislation favouring Pompey and Crassus and giving himself the governorship of Gaul.’
    • ‘He continued the governorship of the Company, his authority never challenged by subordinates or the Committee in London.’
    • ‘He had not a single qualification for the governorship of a bank.’
    • ‘The aluminium magnate won the governorship of the autonomous region, just across the Bering Straits from Alaska, in 2000.’
    1. 1.1 The office or position of being governor of a town, region, or public institution.
      ‘the governorship of the bank’
      • ‘Almost immediately after winning the governorship, he had begun to maneuver for a seat in the U.S. Senate.’
      • ‘By the early 1990s, the Texas governorship was again in the hands of a Democrat.’
      • ‘Two years later, at thirty-two, he won the Arkansas governorship.’
      • ‘The party has already lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia.’
      • ‘The party has already lost the governorships of New Jersey and Virginia in the first major post-Obama votes.’
      • ‘Political parties were formed, and candidates were nominated for president and vice president, the two houses of the National Assembly, governorships, and state houses of assembly.’
    2. 1.2 The office or position of being the representative of the British Crown in a colony or in a Commonwealth state that regards the monarch as head of state.
      ‘the governorship of Bermuda was traditionally one of the most prestigious posts’
      • ‘With the arrival of Captain Morgan on the barque Duke of York on 27 July 1836 at Kingscote, Wallen's governorship came to an end.’
      • ‘Cosby arrived in New York to assume the governorship in August of 1731.’
      • ‘In February 1559 he made a desperate plea to the queen to allow him to resign the governorship.’
      • ‘Like his predecessor, he was a distinguished soldier without civil experience rewarded with a colonial governorship.’
      • ‘On June 30, 1629, Henry Hawley arrived on the island and assumed the governorship.’
      • ‘He assumed the governorship of Hong Kong on 25 July 1947 and retired on 31 December 1957, having been the colony's longest serving governor.’
      • ‘He was promised the governorship of Gibraltar, but was disappointed.’