director

noun
di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər , dī-\

Definition of director

: one who directs: such as
a : the head of an organized group or administrative unit (such as a bureau or school) director of religious education a communications director
b : one of a group of persons entrusted with the overall direction of a corporate enterprise on the board of directors for a large corporation
c : 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
d music : conductor sense c

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Other Words from director

directorship \ -​ˌship \ 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.
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Getty ImagesEspiegle, Getty Images/iStockphoto Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, the co-creative directors of Oscar De la Renta, are opening a new store on the City of Light’s Rue de Marignan. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "How the Oscar de la Renta Designers Do Paris," 24 Jan. 2019 Since her appointment as Dior's first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri has delved into the worlds of ballet, 1960s protests, and even rodeos for inspiration on the runway. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Dior Had Live Acrobats Perform on Its Couture Runway," 22 Jan. 2019 At Milan Fashion Week that February, the Italian brand introduced a new creative director, Alessandro Michele, whose style was all about eccentricity, romanticism, and ruffles. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The other half of the team is Heather Chaplin, founding director of Journalism + Design at the New School. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 According to AccuWeather, jet streams act as an invisible director of the weather, and are responsible for changes across the globe. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "The Weather Channel Predicts a Brutal Winter for Most of the Country," 16 Nov. 2018 Melissa Battifarano was the head designer at Fenty x Puma who has since moved over to Savage x Fenty, while Philippa Price is the creative director at Savage. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rihanna’s Reportedly Launching a Luxury Fashion Brand—What Will It Look Like?," 18 Jan. 2019 The director, Steven Spielberg held an open casting call for Latinx actors. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Rachel Zegler? All About the High School Student Cast as Maria in the New “West Side Story”," 15 Jan. 2019 Denis Villeneuve, architect behind such recent sci-fi greats as Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, will be the fourth director who will be handed the key to Arrakis. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune'," 14 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of director

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for director

see direct entry 1

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director

noun

English Language Learners Definition of director

: a person who manages an organized group of people or a part of an organization (such as a school or business)
: one of a group of managers who control a company or corporation
: a person who directs a play, movie, etc.

director

noun
di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər , dī-\

Kids Definition of director

1 : a person who manages something a day care director
2 : a person in charge of making a movie or play

director

noun
di·​rec·​tor | \ də-ˈrek-tər, dī- \

Medical Definition of director

: an instrument grooved to guide and limit the motion of a surgical knife

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director

noun
di·​rec·​tor

Legal Definition of director

1 : the head of an organized group or administrative unit or agency
2 : 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.

Other Words from director

directorship noun

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