Governor(-General)

   During the reign of the Burgundian dukes in the 15th century, the stadtholder, or deputy of the duke, bore the title of governor. Under Charles V and Philip II, the Low Countries were governed by regents (Margaret of Austria, Mary of Hungary, and Margaret of Parma). In the period of the Repub lic and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, many colonies (e.g., the Netherlands East Indies from 1609 to 1948) were administered by a governor-general. The present provinces still have a royal gover nor, the commissaris van de koning(in).

Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands. . 2012.

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  • Governor — Gov ern*or, n. [OE. governor, governour, OF. governeor, F. gouverneur, fr. L. gubernator steersman, ruler, governor. See {Govern}.] 1. One who governs; especially, one who is invested with the supreme executive authority in a State; a chief ruler …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • governor — gov‧er‧nor [ˈgʌvnə ǁ ərnər] noun [countable] 1. JOBS FINANCE the person in charge of an important organization such as a country s central bank: • the governor of the Bank of England 2. a member of the committee in control of an institution such …   Financial and business terms

  • governor — gov·er·nor / gə vər nər/ n: one that governs: as a: one that exercises authority esp. over an area or group b: an official elected or appointed to act as ruler, chief executive, or nominal head of a political unit; specif: the chief executive of… …   Law dictionary

  • governor — c.1300, gouernour, personal keeper, protector, guide, from O.Fr. governeor (11c., Mod.Fr. gouverneur) and directly from L. gubernatorem (nom. gubernator) director, ruler, governor, originally steersman, pilot (see GOVERN (Cf. govern)). Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • governor — [guv′ə nər, guv′ərnər] n. [ME governour < OFr governeor < L gubernator, a pilot, steersman, governor] 1. a person who governs; esp., a) a person appointed to govern a dependency, province, town, fort, etc. ☆ b) the elected head of any state …   English World dictionary

  • Governor — (engl., spr. gowwĕrnĕr), s. Gouverneur …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • governor — [n] person administrating government administrator, boss, chief, chief of state, commander, comptroller, controller, director, executive, gubernatorial leader, guv*, head, head honcho*, leader, manager, overseer, presiding officer, ruler,… …   New thesaurus

  • governor — ► NOUN 1) an official appointed to govern a town or region. 2) the elected executive head of a US state. 3) the representative of the British Crown in a colony or in a Commonwealth state that regards the monarch as head of state. 4) the head of a …   English terms dictionary

  • governor —    Probably the most frequent use of this term is in various parts of Britain, where working class men use it to address another man, usually one who is unknown to them. In his book The Cockney, Julian Franklyn writes:    ‘Guv’ner’, generally so… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • governor — [[t]gʌ̱və(r)nə(r)[/t]] ♦♦ governors 1) N COUNT; N TITLE In some systems of government, a governor is a person who is in charge of the political administration of a region or state. He was governor of the province in the late 1970s... Governor… …   English dictionary

  • governor — gov|er|nor W3 Governor [ˈgʌvənə US vərnər] n 1.) a) the person in charge of governing a state in the US b) the person in charge of governing a country that is under the political control of another country 2.) BrE a member of a committee that… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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