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Back-formation of gubernatorial, from Latin gubernātor (governor), from gubernō (to govern), +‎ -ial.


gubernator (plural gubernators)

  1. (humorous) governor
    • 2003 September, “Stanford poll: Terminator in lead to become gubernator”, in 'Silicon Valley Business Journal'[1], title:
      Stanford poll: Terminator in lead to become gubernator
    • 2010 September 30, Hagar, “California's Gubernator caves ...”, in alt.alien.visitors, Usenet:
      So, why don't we send the gubernator back to Austria, [] and sponsor a collective effort to repeal the Loud Pipes Law and that ludicrous Healthcare Abomination.
    • 2013 May 24, ChasNemo, “Texas Sheriff Exam ...”, in alt.alien.visitors, Usenet:
      So what test did Gubernator Perry pass to became such a brain dead dipshit?
    • 2017, John Oliver, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 4, episode 30, written by Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      And that is encouraging, because it’s nice to know that if you use Trump tactics in a Virginia gubernatorial election, you do not get to be gubernator.



From gubernō (to pilot, govern) + -tor.


  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ɡu.berˈnaː.tor/, [ɡʊ.bɛrˈn̪aː.t̪ɔr]
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gubernātor m (genitive gubernātōris); third declension

  1. Helmsman or pilot of a boat.
    • Unknown origin, often attributed to Publilius Syrus
      In tranquillo esse quisque gubernator potest.
      In a calm sea anyone can be the helmsman.
  2. Leader or governor.


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative gubernātor gubernātōrēs
Genitive gubernātōris gubernātōrum
Dative gubernātōrī gubernātōribus
Accusative gubernātōrem gubernātōrēs
Ablative gubernātōre gubernātōribus
Vocative gubernātor gubernātōrēs

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