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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: governor

guvnor

noun
     
guv‧nor , guv'nor British English spoken old-fashioned informal
1 [countable] a man who is in a position of authority over you, usually your employer:
You'll have to speak to the guvnor about that.
2 used as a way of talking to a man of a higher social class than you

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