di·​rec·​tor də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio)
: one who directs: such as
: the head of an organized group or administrative unit (such as a bureau or school)
director of religious education
a communications director
: one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise
on the board of directors for a large corporation
: a person who supervises the production of a show (as for stage or screen) usually with responsibility for action, lighting, music, and rehearsals
a famous Hollywood director
directorship noun

Examples of director in a Sentence

The company will hire a new director of marketing. She's the director of graduate studies at the university. She's considered one of the best young directors in Hollywood.
Recent Examples on the Web The company has fourteen directors with Jeff Genette, the retired chairman, retiring at the Annual meeting of the company. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 Being an actor is having a character written on paper and discussing the motivations with the writer and director. Matthew Jacobs, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 However, Krumholtz also sees the central character as an autobiographical reflection of the film’s writer and director, Bob Byington. Wesley Stenzel,, 20 Feb. 2024 The Envelope spoke with producers and directors from four films nominated for best picture and discovered what ended up on their cutting room floors. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 After an 11-day manhunt that ended in Indiana, the jail's former assistant director, Vicky White, shot herself in the head rather than face capture. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 20 Feb. 2024 Yet what lifts the picture beyond average inspirational fluff is the way director Jon Gunn and company control the slow release of its sweetness so as not to overpower. Courtney Howard, Variety, 20 Feb. 2024 Other errors have been linked to Social Security numbers, said Travis Hill, director for Dallas County Promise, a college success program in Texas. Adriana Morga, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Finley served as a writer, director and voice actor on the 1980s syndicated anime series Robotech and created sounds for the Cigarette Smoking Man (played by William B. Davis) on The X-Files in the 1990s and a group of tiny aliens in Men in Black II (2002). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


see direct entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of director was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Director.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


di·​rec·​tor də-ˈrek-tər How to pronounce director (audio)
: one that directs: as
: one of a group of persons who direct the business of an organized body (as a corporation)
the board of directors
: one that guides the making of a show (as for stage or screen)
directorship noun

Medical Definition


di·​rec·​tor də-ˈrek-tər, dī- How to pronounce director (audio)
: an instrument grooved to guide and limit the motion of a surgical knife

Legal Definition


: the head of an organized group or administrative unit or agency
: any of a group of persons usually elected by shareholders and entrusted with the overall control of a corporation

Note: Directors owe a fiduciary duty to the shareholders in the exercise of their powers. Directors have the power to appoint and dismiss officers, declare and pay dividends on stock, initiate major corporate actions such as mergers or dissolution, and determine other matters affecting the corporation.

directorship noun

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