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[goo-ber-nuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, gyoo-] /ˌgu bər nəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌgyu-/
of or relating to a state governor or the office of state governor.
Origin of gubernatorial
1725-35, Americanism; < Latin gubernātōr- (stem of gubernātor) steersman, governor + -ial Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On his entrance to the gubernatorial office he began at once to reduce the government to a business basis.

  • Be that as it may, it was nip and tuck between them in the gubernatorial campaign.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • Extra patrols were in the streets, double guards were placed over the archiepiscopal and gubernatorial palaces.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • Other old bugaboos that have been embraced are gubernatorial, presidential and standpoint.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • After that he made many week-end trips to Chicago, even during his gubernatorial campaign.

    Cox--The Man Roger W. Babson
British Dictionary definitions for gubernatorial


/ˌɡjuːbənəˈtɔːrɪəl; ˌɡuː-/
(mainly US) of or relating to a governor
Word Origin
C18: from Latin gubernātor governor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gubernatorial

1734, formed in American English from Latin gubernator (see govern) + -al (1). As an English word, gubernator was in use from 1520s but is rare.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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