noun (plural governors general)
1The chief representative of the Crown in a Commonwealth country of which the British monarch is head of state.
- ‘It is with deep regret and after much thought that I have today advised the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the office of Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia,’ he added.
- The first Governor General of British Bengal was appointed because he was well versed in Urdu and Persian.
- In Singapore, in the late 1940s, he was the British Governor General for South East Asia and later in Kenya he had played the role of a diplomat.
1.1chiefly historical An analogous representative of another Crown.
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Syllabification: gov·er·nor gen·er·al
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