A governor leads a state government, just like a president leads a national government.

If you know that governing means to be in charge of something, that should help you remember what a governor is. Just as mayors run cities and presidents and prime ministers run countries, governors run states. A governor is elected for a term, has a vice governor, and deals with a legislature, just like the U.S. President. Governor is a very important title in the U.S., and many governors — such as Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush — have gone on to become U.S. presidents.

Definitions of governor
  1. noun
    the head of a state government
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    the governor of a district or province in the Ottoman Empire
    the governor or prefect of an eparchy in ancient Greece
    governor general
    a governor of high rank
    military governor
    the head of a government established by the military (as in a defeated country)
    nabob, nawab
    a governor in India during the Mogul empire
    a provincial governor of consular rank in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire
    a governor of a province in ancient Persia
    vicereine, viceroy
    governor of a country or province who rules as the representative of his or her king or sovereign
    the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries
    a viceroy who governed a large province in the Roman Empire
    one of the Turkish viceroys who ruled Egypt between 1867 and 1914
    the military governor of a frontier province in medieval Germany
    type of:
    a leader engaged in civil administration
  2. noun
    a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
    synonyms: regulator
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    regulator consisting of a heavy wheel that stores kinetic energy and smooths the operation of a reciprocating engine
    a regulator that activates or deactivates a mechanism at set times
    fluid flywheel
    a kind of fluid coupling in which the flywheel is the driving rotor
    type of:
    control, controller
    a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
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