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[goo-ber-nuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-, gyoo-] /ˌgu bər nəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-, ˌgyu-/
of or pertaining to a state governor or the office of state governor.
1725-35, Americanism; < Latin gubernātōr- (stem of gubernātor) steersman, governor + -ial Unabridged
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  • But in our weekly gubernatorial forecast update, there's not so much excitement.
  • Some of the gubernatorial candidates have already made a mark on academe's fortunes.
  • Those named included several gubernatorial and parliamentary candidates.
  • My detailed breakdowns and opinions of the key elections, including some local and gubernatorial commentary, after the jump.
  • We do not generally look to gubernatorial debates for excitement.
  • Senate and gubernatorial races tend to revolve around local issues and personalities.
  • He visited her there several times, arriving in his gubernatorial limousine.
  • Fortunately, politicians are at last acknowledging the problem-as the gubernatorial contest shows.
  • It also hopes to make gains in six gubernatorial elections to be held on the same day.
  • But consider his opponents for the party's gubernatorial nomination at its state convention here today.
British Dictionary definitions for gubernatorial


/ˌɡjuːbənəˈtɔːrɪəl; ˌɡuː-/
(mainly US) of or relating to a governor
Word Origin
C18: from Latin gubernātor governor
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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.

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