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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The first woman was Ana Maria Archila, the co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sexual Assault Survivors Personally Confront Senator Jeff Flake, Who Said He'll Vote Yes for Kavanuagh," 28 Sep. 2018 Her fiancé, Steve Lawrence, is a television producer and director. Steven Stolman, ELLE Decor, "How Elizabeth Swartz Rose From Intern to Partner at Bunny Williams," 14 Aug. 2018 Kristin Houston, vice president of Boeing Tiltrotor Programs and director of the Bell Boeing V-22 Program, said in a statement. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Bell just got a big military aircraft contract. Will Fort Worth get any new jobs?," 12 July 2018 Carice Witte, founder and executive director of SIGNAL, agrees. David Isaac, Jewish Journal, "Israel and China start conversation about mutual ties," 11 July 2018 After Dragan Teonic left Larkin last month for South Elgin, Royals athletic director Ethan Karolczak had to piece together a list in short order. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "'It was really surreal at first': Defensive coordinator Jesus Gonzalez hired by Larkin to be head football coach," 14 July 2018 It was not lost on director Zenovich to be tender with how Williams’ lost his life. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The Legendary Robin Williams was Missed and Reminisced at the New York City Premiere for Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind," 14 July 2018 The Justice Department's inspector general, for example, referred findings on former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe to prosecutors to consider criminal charges. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt is still under investigation by EPA watchdog," 13 July 2018 Don Kendrick, director emeritus of the Sacramento Chamber Music Society, will serve as the master of ceremonies and conductor for both the rehearsal and the main event. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018

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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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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.


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


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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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.

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directorship noun

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